Bootleg Inc https://bootleginc.com Firearm Accessory and Builder Education Company Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:41:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://bootleginc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/cropped-Bootleg-Logo_final-gold-108x108.png Bootleg Inc https://bootleginc.com 32 32 Three AR-15 Hunting Tips https://bootleginc.com/three-ar-15-hunting-tips/ https://bootleginc.com/three-ar-15-hunting-tips/#respond Wed, 29 Jan 2020 20:59:22 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=4647 The AR-15 is the best-selling rifle in America with an estimated 15 million ARs being owned as of the beginning of 2018. With more people owning AR-15s, they have been used for hunting more often. Here are a few tips for hunting with an AR-15. Know Your Hunting Laws Knowing laws, in general, is important […]

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The AR-15 is the best-selling rifle in America with an estimated 15 million ARs being owned as of the beginning of 2018. With more people owning AR-15s, they have been used for hunting more often. Here are a few tips for hunting with an AR-15.

Know Your Hunting Laws

Knowing laws, in general, is important to be a law-abiding citizen, but knowing the laws for wherever you’re hunting is important for more than just one reason. It is legal depending on where you’re hunting. Laws change from state to state and you will have to change your AR-15 set-up accordingly. For example, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts all require you to have a larger bullet than your general .223 and 5.56.

It is legal in every state to hunt with an AR, but a lot of hunting jurisdiction also restricts the number of cartridges you can carry in your AR. Just to be safe, we recommend getting a 5-round magazine because that is the legal amount for hunting in a lot of states. Standard 5-round magazines will hold a variety of caliber of bullets like the 300 BLK. Although, with significantly bigger rounds like the 7.62×39, those will work best if you use magazines specifically designed for that size of caliber. We also recommend calling the local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and make sure your whole platform and caliber are legal.

This goes for hunting in general, but you need to know what season it is for hunting a certain type of game. This goes into what you can hunt, which leads us into our next tip.

Know What You’re Hunting

Although this seems like a very obvious tip, it is also very important because this will also determine the build of your AR-15. Knowing what you’re hunting contributes to the laws of the state you’re hunting in, the caliber of bullet you have, and the set-up you have with you. All will be explained in more detail below.

Big Game

If you’re hunting big game like elk and mule deer, you’re going to want a bigger caliber of bullet for a clean, ethical hunt. This is why some of those states mentioned above don’t allow anything smaller than a .240. The .223 or 5.53 round is not going to do the job for a 700-pound elk, for example. For big game, we would obviously recommend bigger caliber bullets. ARs are available in .300 Blackout, 3458 SOCOM, 6.5 Creedmore, .50 Beowulf, and that’s just naming a few.

Small Game

Small game seems to be more popular when hunting with an AR-15 because you don’t have to make too many modifications and the standard .223 and 5.56 are perfect for small game. Although, we do recommend getting rounds that are more meant for hunting like the Reaper in 5.56 or the Nosler Defense in .223.

Popular small game that people hunt includes feral hogs, coyotes, and rabbits. Feral hogs are the most popular, especially in Texas because those hogs cause up to $1.5 billion in annual property damage. If you don’t know already, feral hogs are extremely dangerous. These 300-pound tanks can run up to 30 mph and are known to be very aggressive.

Moving on, if you’re in the South where there are smaller deer, you can definitely use those .223 or 5.56 rounds. This is where knowing the laws of what caliber you can use comes in handy. Knowing what you’re hunting correlates with what caliber you should pack.

Modifications

One of the reasons the AR-15 is becoming so popular in general is because of its highly customizable features. If you’re building your “franken-gun” or have multiple uppers for your AR, then we would recommend attaching a longer barrel like the 20”. Check out our 15” handguards to cover your 20” barrel. The longer the barrel, the longer your range. This is especially important for hunting. Look at our available inventory and build your perfect hunting AR-15!

Obviously there’s no need for any extreme modifications or accessories. But tweaking your weapon until it’s the way that you like and it’s optimized for hunting whatever you’re hunting is very important. This will help you get the most accurate shots and get you the best use out of your AR.

Conclusion

Hunting with an AR-15 is becoming more popular, especially for small game. Before you decide to go hunting, make sure that you know the hunting laws. This tip is extremely important because we don’t want any of you getting in trouble with local authorities. It’s also important because we also want you to get the most ethical hunt you can. For the game you’re hunting, the biggest thing is to make sure you have the right caliber round to be the most effective. Also, watch out for those hogs! Last, the AR is highly customizable and you can do what you want with your custom AR parts, but make sure you don’t overdo it.

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Guide on the AR-15 https://bootleginc.com/guide-on-the-ar-15/ https://bootleginc.com/guide-on-the-ar-15/#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 21:40:06 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=4640 We’ve talked about numerous things in our education center including things to take to the range, making a lightweight AR, gas systems, barrel lengths, and cleaning and maintenance. Now it’s time for a general guide for the AR-15. Whether you’re new to the AR world or you know your way around a rifle, hopefully you’ll […]

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We’ve talked about numerous things in our education center including things to take to the range, making a lightweight AR, gas systems, barrel lengths, and cleaning and maintenance. Now it’s time for a general guide for the AR-15. Whether you’re new to the AR world or you know your way around a rifle, hopefully you’ll learn at least one new thing in this post. The AR-15 is a very versatile, reliable, and military-inspired civilian firearm. Everything has a story, so before we get into the nit and grit, let’s talk about the history of the AR-15.

AR-15 History

“AR” has been used as an umbrella term throughout the last 60-70 years because there have been many variations of semi-automatic rifles made by various gun manufacturers. Throughout the 1950s, Eugene Stoner developed the 5.56x46mm AR-15 as a lightweight version of the 7.62x51mm AR-10. Stoner was working at ArmaLite, Inc at the time which is where AR coins from. “AR” is short for “ArmaLite Rifle,” not the commonly misconceived “Assault Rifle.”

Armalite originally made the AR-15 as a military rifle but had a hard time selling it. In 1959, ArmaLite sold the AR-15 to Colt. Two years before the Vietnam War started in 1963, the U.S. Military assigned Colt to produce the standard-issue automatic rifle. This rifle was used in the Vietnam War and was called the M-16.

The M-16 was a huge success and Colt started to manufacture a semi-automatic version that they could sell to law enforcement and civilians. They marketed it as the AR-15 until their patents expired in the 70s. After that, other gun manufacturers began making extremely similar models and the AR-15 turned into a general term for all types of AR inspired rifles.

Buy a Complete or Customize?

If you are new to the AR-15 world and are looking to own your first AR-15, we suggest buying a complete set from a trusted manufacturer like our sister company Primary Weapons Systems. Buying a complete rifle also saves you from potential hassle and worry of finding a solid warranty and all those other business aspects you have to worry about. Also, if you’re just starting off, it’s going to take some shots to really figure out what you like and if you want to invest more time and money in your AR-15.

Although, for those who are more experienced and know what you want, there is something extremely satisfying about putting together your very own, unique, customized AR-15 or “Franken-gun.” All those custom AR parts are personalized by you. That’s special. As mentioned in our last blog, assembling and disassembling your AR-15 is a relatively simple process. With this, you get to pick and choose what goes on your weapon. Look at our available inventory to start, continue, and/or end your custom AR part journey.

Now let’s take a deeper dive into the AR-15 anatomy.

Bolt Carrier Group

We’re going to start with the bolt carrier group because it is the engine that drives the weapon. The bolt of the gun is housed within the bolt carrier making the bolt carrier group. The bolt carrier group is moved back when you pull back the charging handle. When you let go of the charging handle, the bolt carrier group moves forward with a round from the loaded magazine and puts a round in the chamber. When pulling the trigger, the hammer hits the back of the firing pin which is located within the bolt carrier group. The firing pin then strikes the cartridge’s primer which sparks the gunpowder, causing an explosion that propels the bullet outward. This whole process happens in the blink of an eye.

If you’re new to ARs then it is important to note that your AR can only fire semi-automatically, which means you pull the trigger and one bullet fires. This is the main difference between military rifles and civilian rifles. Military rifles have the ability to fire 3-round burst or fully-automatic as well as semi-automatic.

Barrels

We talked about barrels in our previous blog, “The Perfect Barrel Length for Your AR-15” but we are going to go into a lot more detail here. Although, we aren’t going to go into too much detail with length because that post covers that area. So, let’s start with barrel chambering. The chamber is the part of the barrel where the round sits before firing. There are a plethora of chamberings from the most common 5.56x45mm NATO, to the bigger 7.62x51mm, to the tiny .22LR, and even the monstrous .50 Beowulf. The 5.56 barrel and the .223 barrel are the most common but there are a couple of details you should know.

  • A 5.56 barrel can shoot both 5.56 and .223 calibers
  • A 2.23 barrel cannot shoot a 5.56 round. Only the 2.23 round

Barrel Length

For barrel length, we are keeping it short and sweet because like mentioned previously, we have a blog that covers barrel length. But, a few takeaways are that the longer the barrel, the more velocity you have. A longer barrel does not necessarily mean more accurate. But it does mean that the elements won’t have as much of an impact because there’s less time to affect the movement of the bullet.

This law differs from state-to-state, but federally, you cannot have a barrel that is under 16”. The 16” barrel is good for up to 400 yards, but after that, you’re going to want a barrel that is longer or a bullet that is heavier.

Barrel Twist Rate

This is for the ideal bullet weight and length. The longer and heavier the projectile, the faster the twist rate. This is determined with (1 x inches). For example, the most common twist rate is 1:9 or one twist per 9 inches and that is for a 55-grain bullet.

Barrel Material

Moving on with barrel material, there are several materials your barrel can be made out of:

  • 4150: Steel barrel
  • 4140: Steel barrel with 10% less carbon than 4150
  • Chrome Moly, CMV or Chrome Molybdenum Vanadium: different materials but the same as the 4140
  • Stainless Steel: A little more accurate but has a shorter lifespan

We would recommend 4140 because that is all that is necessary.

Gas Systems

We’ve talked about gas systems and gas blocks in our previous post, The Advantages of Adjustable Gas Blocks, but again, we will go further in-depth here.

The purpose of gas systems is that it captures the gas from the previously fired bullet and the gas tube sends it back to the chamber, pushing out the old cartridge and loading a new one. There are two major types of gas systems and those include direct impingement and piston.

Direct impingement forces hot gas and carbon into the receiver and chamber. That’s as detailed as direct impingement gets. It is very commonly used and it is cheaper and more accurate than the piston. Pistons are used mainly if you’re pulling your weapon from out of the water or in an extremely dusty environment.

For beginners, we recommend gas blocks that are already attached to the front sight because it is convenient, robust, and is cost-efficient.

But, if you’re looking to upgrade your AR-15, you can grind down your front sight base and have a free-floating barrel. Although, there are some gas barrels that are adjustable so you can choose the perfect amount of gas for any unnecessary recoil when firing your weapon. Check out our gas blocks and tubes here. If you know you want to add attachments to your AR, then just start with a free-float handguard.

Handguards

Handguards are crucial because they keep you from burning your hand on the barrel. They are also important if you’re looking to upgrade your AR-15. They allow you to put multiple attachments like scopes, flashlights, grips, etc. There are some handguards that come with a “quad-rail” which allows you to put an attachment on all four sides of the handguard. Free-floating handguards are greatly beneficial because they are a lot lighter than standard-issue and they also allow for more consistent shots because there’s nothing touching the barrel along the handguard. Check out our selection of handguards here and finish your complete upper assembly!

Triggers

We recommend sticking with the standard-issue Mil-Spec trigger if you’re beginning. It will feel gritty at first but that will eventually wear off. If you are looking to upgrade your AR, we have heard a lot of people make their trigger the first upgrade they ever do. This is because this is one of the best ways to improve your accuracy.

Wrap Up

There are a lot of aspects when talking about the AR-15. It is extremely versatile and you can make your own customized AR. There is a lot more to talk about, but this general guide will hopefully lead you to the right AR-15 or the right AR accessory. Make sure you check out our AR accessories and get your own custom AR parts!

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AR Cleaning and Maintenance https://bootleginc.com/ar-cleaning-and-maintenance/ https://bootleginc.com/ar-cleaning-and-maintenance/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 22:54:20 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=4633 With anything you use, it is going to eventually need to be cleaned and properly maintained. There is no exception for your AR. If you’re a veteran, you definitely remember how often you cleaned your firearm. Properly cleaning and keeping excellent maintenance for your AR is vital in order for your AR to perform at […]

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With anything you use, it is going to eventually need to be cleaned and properly maintained. There is no exception for your AR. If you’re a veteran, you definitely remember how often you cleaned your firearm. Properly cleaning and keeping excellent maintenance for your AR is vital in order for your AR to perform at its peak performance. Cleaning your AR, especially for the first time, can be extremely overwhelming and intimidating. This is a guide to get you through all of that. Before we get started, it is important to realize that everybody cleans their AR differently, but this is just a general guide to help you get through the process. Additionally, we are also assuming that you have all the tools to clean your rifle with.

1st Step: Preparation

The first thing you’re going to do is get all of the ammo that you have and get it out of the way. This is very important because we don’t want any unnecessary accidents.

The next steps go as follows:

  • Make sure your AR is placed on safe
  • Point the rifle away from yourself in a safe direction
  • Remove the magazine if you haven’t already

These steps may seem like common sense, but it is imperative that these are done before anything else.

2nd Step: Separate the Upper and Lower Receiver

Next, you are going to take out the takedown pins. The takedown pins can be a little hard to disconnect, so just be gentle when you are tapping them out. After you do this, disconnecting the upper and lower receiver comes naturally. Take a look at our Bootleg Enhanced AR-15 Upper Reciever!

3rd Step: Separate the Bolt Carrier Group and Charging Handle

The bolt carrier group and charging handle should just slide right out from the body of the upper receiver. Make sure you check out our own 5.56 charging handles!

Next, you are going to disassemble your bolt carrier group. If you don’t use your AR a lot, then disassembling your carrier is not really necessary. Although, this is usually the part that gets the dirtiest, so we recommend cleaning it anyway. So, the first thing you will do is push the bolt back and remove the firing pin retainer. It should just fall out on its own. Then, rotate the cam pin 90-degrees and take it out. The bolt should easily slide out.

After this, if you’re deep cleaning, it’s time to disassemble the bolt. For this, detach the extractor pin, remove the extractor, and set it aside. We also have a high-quality Bootleg Carrier Completion Kit for your bolt carrier that is easy to maintain.

Keep in mind during this whole process, you should be using some type of gun cleaner and wiping off any muck, residue, and carbon. After cleaning and drying any parts, make sure you lightly lubricate them. As we mentioned before, bolt carrier groups tend to be the dirtiest, so we recommend soaking them while everything else is getting wiped down.

4th Step: Abstract the Buffer and Buffer Spring

For this next part, press down on the buffer retainer and remove the buffer and spring from the tube. One thing to keep in mind that is important is that the retainer is under pressure. This means that you should not push down too far once the pieces are out. This will prevent you from losing the spring or any of the other pieces. Once you’ve done this, clean away any gunk you see.

5th Step: Clean the Chamber and the Barrel

There are multiple ways you can clean the chamber and the barrel, but there is one thing about this step that is crucial; clean from rear to front. Another way to put this is to start where the bullet starts and end where the bullet ends. It is important that carbon and any other debris go out the front of the barrel. We are highlighting this because cleaning it like this helps keep the rifling intact.

6th Step: Clean the Bolt Carrier Group

Remember when we said to soak the bolt carrier group on step 3? Well, now it’s time to clean it. If you already cleaned it, no worries, just review this step to make sure you cleaned your carrier group sufficiently.

The first thing you’re going to do is give everything a good brush. Like cleaning the rest of your AR, look for any carbon and go after it. For the carrier group, make sure you pay special attention to the rear of the firing pin. You should also pay close attention when you clean the extractor as well. Proceeding with the cleaning, put the carrier group back together in the reverse order you took it apart. Make sure the bolt is all the way to the front.

7th Step: Clean the Buffer Assembly

For this one, simply wipe it down with a rag that has a little lube on it.

If you have a collapsible stock, it won’t do you any harm to extract it and clean the outside of the buffer.

8th Step: Take a Look at the Lower Receiver Along With the Fire Control Group

This step is also easy, depending on how dirty your weapon is. These parts generally don’t get too dirty, but you should check and see if the fire control group has any cracks on the hammer. You should also check the lower receiver for any cracks or carbon.

9th Step: Reassembling your AR

Work backward from taking it apart. Although, like a car, disassembling something is a lot easier than putting it back together. This is another reason why regular cleaning and maintenance is important because after a little while, it’ll become second nature.
Next, make sure your rifle is well lubricated. All the pieces of your bolt carrier group should receive a light coat of lube. Other parts that should receive a light coat of lube include:
Fire control group
Magazine release button
Safety selector
Bolt catch button

In short, anything that moves should receive lube.

Final Step: The Function Check

Because you put away all your ammo in the beginning (you did put all your ammo away right?), you should be able to perform a function/safety check. To perform a function check you need to:

Point your rifle away from you in a safe direction
Pull the bolt back and release it forward
The rifle should be on safe, but if it’s not, do that. Next, squeeze the trigger. If the hammer didn’t drop, you can move on
Turn the safety off, turn the rifle on fire, and pull the trigger. If the hammer does fall, you’re good to go.

Before we wrap this post up, there are few things we should mention.

Magazine Maintenance

The first is you should also clean your magazine. This is not necessary all the time, but if you’re on the range and throwing your magazines on the ground, you should probably clean them up and make sure there isn’t any dirt in the mag.

General Maintenance

Every rifle has its own maintenance, so in general, you should consult the manufacturer for more information. But, a rule of thumb that goes around is that you should do a check-up every 1,000 rounds. Also, the more you use your rifle, the more you should check-up on it. The most common malfunctions happen within the springs. The extractor spring and the O-rings on the bolt carrier group specifically.

Maintaining a clean rifle is the best way to keep a long life for your AR. Keeping it well lubricated and clean will reduce the risk of failure. Remember to check all parts of your AR for cracks or anything that will shorten the life of your rifle. Make sure you check out our products for easy cleaning and maintenance along with our YouTube channel for more information!

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The Perfect Barrel Length for Your AR-15 https://bootleginc.com/the-perfect-barrel-length-for-your-ar-15/ https://bootleginc.com/the-perfect-barrel-length-for-your-ar-15/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:56:28 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=4621 One thing that we love and emphasize here at Bootleg Inc, is that the AR-15 is almost completely customizable. There are so many components that you can add, takeaway, shorten, lengthen, and switch. You can check out our accessories here. There are a lot of things you can do, but what components are right for […]

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One thing that we love and emphasize here at Bootleg Inc, is that the AR-15 is almost completely customizable. There are so many components that you can add, takeaway, shorten, lengthen, and switch. You can check out our accessories here. There are a lot of things you can do, but what components are right for you? In this blog post, we’re going to try and help you by discussing the perfect barrel length for your AR-15.

16” Barrel

When it comes to the length of a barrel on ARs, there is a diverse spectrum you can choose from. All have different advantages and disadvantages, but in this blog, we’re going to make a case for the 16-inch barrel. This length of barrel is known for its overall effectiveness. It should be kept in mind that legally, the shortest barrel you can get for an AR is 16″. You might be able to get away with a 14.5″ barrel if you pin a muzzle device on it to make the barrel 16″. Moving forward, the 16″ is perfect for any use, extremely reliable and most importantly, it is very accurate. One thing to keep in mind is that the shorter the barrel is, the gas system moves back as well. This means once you go below 10 inches or into that pistol length gas system, reliability with your 5.56 round goes down. It is a common misconception that the longer the barrel is, the more accurate the gun is. This might be because every sniper rifle has a barrel of 20 inches or more. This is simply not the case because a longer barrel just means more velocity which we will touch on later. A longer barrel just means you have a greater range because of the increase in velocity. Shorter barrels tend to be more accurate which again, we will go into more detail later on.

Velocity

As mentioned earlier, the longer the barrel, the higher the velocity of the bullet. 16” is obviously shorter than 20”, which is the barrel length for the classic M-16. But what does more velocity mean? Well, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be more accurate. Although, a longer barrel means a greater trajectory of the round and that means that there is going to be greater energy forced into your target. It also allows you to extend the range on your AR. For the 16” barrel, a round travels at around 2,800 ft/s (feet per second) while the 20” barrel slings bullets at around 3,000 ft/s. Although you are losing some velocity with the 16” barrel, it is still highly effective. Another important point that was mentioned earlier is that the 16” barrel is going to be slightly more accurate.

Accuracy

If you’ve been shooting for a long time, you might have realized that shorter barrels are a little more accurate because we’re cutting down on barrel whip. For those of you who are new shooters, the longer the barrel, the more of an effect barrel whip will have. Barrel whip, or “barrel flex”, is a result of the velocity of the bullet slightly moving the barrel from its static state. The 16” barrel is perfect because it’s not too long where you’re losing accuracy, but it’s not too short where you’re losing velocity effectiveness. Now, when it comes to range, this isn’t necessarily the case. For long-range targets, the longer the barrel the better. This is really the only case when velocity equals accuracy. That’s why your standard hunting rifle has around a 22” barrel.

Mobility

Another reason why the 16” barrel is the best overall is that it is easily mobile and if you are in the scenario where you’re checking tight corners, rooms, etc. then this is the perfect barrel for that. With longer barrels, it is harder to check those corners because you have more to move and it’s harder to move around in tight spots.

Gas System

Another important aspect of your perfect barrel is the type of gas system that you use. Again, for those new to shooting, your gas system in your AR is an integral part of your upper assembly. Simply, the point of your gas system is that when you pull the trigger of your AR, a bullet will come out and that bullet is pushed by an explosion caused by gun powder. The powder makes a gas that is pushed through a gas tube. This gas essentially pushes out the bullet case, making the need for a bolt-action unnecessary. This allows for semi-automatic fire. You can read more about that in “The Advantages of Adjustable Gas Blocks.” You can also check out our gas tubes here.

When it comes down to it, you’re going to customize your AR-15 the way you like it. If you like a longer barrel, then shoot with a longer barrel. If you like a shorter barrel, shoot a shorter barrel. Whatever you choose, Bootleg has a quality selection of handguards to cover your barrel and for you to add all sorts of other accessories on there. For the 16” barrel, we recommend one of our 13” Bootleg Piclok Handguard, our 13” Bootleg Camlok M-Lok, or our 13” Bootleg Picmod Handguard that’s on sale! Check out our other handguards as well! All of these handguards will keep your AR accurate, safe, and lightweight.

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The Advantages of Adjustable Gas Blocks https://bootleginc.com/the-advantages-of-adjustable-gas-blocks-2/ https://bootleginc.com/the-advantages-of-adjustable-gas-blocks-2/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2019 20:56:38 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=3994 One of the beauties of the AR-15 platform is the nearly endless variety of ways you can customize your rifle. From hand guards to rail covers, custom paint schemes, barrel lengths, and optics, you can create a rifle that is perfectly suited to your needs or is completely needlessly complicated in nearly every aspect. But […]

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One of the beauties of the AR-15 platform is the nearly endless variety of ways you can customize your rifle. From hand guards to rail covers, custom paint schemes, barrel lengths, and optics, you can create a rifle that is perfectly suited to your needs or is completely needlessly complicated in nearly every aspect.

But when you’re building a rifle that prioritizes function over form, it’s important to find parts and accessories that make your rifle more useful at the range for your next competition. Once you’ve replaced your handguard, butt stock, and other external parts it’s time to start examining ways you can improve the internal operations of your rifle. One of the ways you can do so is by adding an adjustable gas block system to your rifle. Here at Bootleg Inc., we sell these parts for your AR-15, so let’s take a look at some of the advantages the system has to offer your next build.

A Quick History of the Adjustable Gas Block

While the AR-15 is likely the most obvious user of a gas block system it was not the first. In fact, the adjustable gas block system has been in existence since the early 1930s. The M1 Garand, which served throughout the Second World War and the Korean War, was the first semi-automatic military rifle to make use of an adjustable gas system. The gas plug regulated the cycling of the bolt by letting out precise amounts of the gases produced by the exploding cartridge.

One of the most popular uses of the adjustable gas block system was in the FN-FAL battle rifle developed by the Belgians. On this rifle, the gas cylinder can be adjusted by hand to tune the cycling rate. To ensure that the rifle performed reliably, soldiers would tune the gas cylinder down until the rifle did not fund the cycle at all, then slowly turn the cylinder until it cycled reliably. This process ensured that the rifle could cycle reliably while also limiting recoil, and also allowed it to be tuned to certain kinds of ammunition.

Installing Your Own Adjustable Gas Block

Adding an adjustable gas block system to your AR-15 is easier than it sounds. You begin the process by removing the hand guard on your rifle, as well as the flash hider and muzzle break. The existing gas block can be underpinned and removed. You then install the new gas block using the included setscrews or clamps to lock in place. From there, reverse the process reinstalling your muzzle brake, flash hider, and handguard. If this process feels like something outside of your current skill set, you can take your rifle to a local gunsmith and have them do the work quickly.

Why Your Rifle Needs an Adjustable Gas Block

So, installing an adjustable gas block on your rifle is easy, but is that the only reason you should install one?

Yes, it is.

But if that’s not convincing enough, consider these three benefits.

  • You can tune your rifle’s performance to meet your needs. This is especially valuable for those who do run-and-gun competitions where you need to minimize recoil to ensure rapid and accurate follow-up shots. By using adjustable gas block system, you’re ensuring that your bolt carrier group cycles only hard enough to extract and feed a new round into the chamber, but will not hammer back and forth within the receiver as it does so.
  • Adjustable gas systems have also been reported to be a far cleaner way of running your rifle. By limiting the amount of gas going into the BCG, you’ll find less carbon buildup in on your bolt at the end of a range trip. A cleaner gun is a more reliable gun and one that is easy to clean at the end of the day.
  • An adjustable gas block system puts less wear and tear on your parts. If you read our blog about the four AR parts that wear out first, you’ll know that your gas tube and bolt can quickly wear out if your rifle is not properly tuned to cycle.

Improve Your Rifle With An Adjustable Gas Block From Bootleg Inc.

Making use of an adjustable gas block system is one of the easiest ways to measurably increase the performance of your rifle. Improved reliability, accuracy, fatigue and recoil means you’ll spend more time at the range and less time resting a sore shoulder and cleaning dirty rifle parts.
When you’re looking to get the most out of your rifle’s performance, you need high-quality parts. Now you can fine-tune your AR’s gas system with our line of gas blocks. Our low-profile block can help your rifle cycle more effectively. Customize your AR-15 today with the parts and accessories offered by Bootleg Inc.

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Common AR Problems (and How to Fix Them) https://bootleginc.com/common-ar-problems-and-how-to-fix-them/ https://bootleginc.com/common-ar-problems-and-how-to-fix-them/#respond Thu, 06 Jun 2019 20:46:27 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=3991 Visit any shooting range across the United States and chances are you’ll see at least one AR-15 rifle there. It’s considered by many to be “America’s rifle” and for good reason. They’re affordable, accurate, and can be used easily by shooters of any age or any size. And while modern machining practices have made AR-15s […]

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Visit any shooting range across the United States and chances are you’ll see at least one AR-15 rifle there. It’s considered by many to be “America’s rifle” and for good reason. They’re affordable, accurate, and can be used easily by shooters of any age or any size. And while modern machining practices have made AR-15s increasingly more precise and reliable, they are still prone to the occasional problem.

Bootleg Inc. offers you the AR-15 parts and accessories that you need to completely customize your rifle. You won’t get much use out of these parts if you can address the problems you’re having out on the range. Part of being a better marksman is having a greater understanding of how your rifle works. So let’s take a look at some of the most common AR-15 problems and how to fix them.

Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance

One of the easiest ways to address problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place. The fact is, the guys you see at the range were struggling with the rifles all day long are the ones who aren’t taking care of them. After every range trip, you should be thoroughly cleaning your weapon. There are plenty of guides out there on the Internet that will show you how to properly disassemble and clean your weapon. If you bought your rifle instead of building it, it’s likely that the manufacturer included an owners manual that shows you how to disassemble your weapon. We’ve even offered some insights on how you can better clean your rifle in one of our previous blog posts. A clean rifle is a functional rifle. Keeping the weapon clean and lubricated will mitigate any problems you may have.

The type of magazine you’re using can also be a source of your range time issues. While surplus US G.I. magazines are cheap they’re not always the most reliable. These magazines are often put to their paces at shooting ranges on military posts or actual combat zones and are not cared for to the same degree that actual service weapons are. If you find that your surplus magazines are constantly causing issues, it may be time to spend a little more and get some of the higher quality metal or polymer magazines made by third-party manufacturers.

Of course, these steps can’t always address or prevent all the problems rifle could have at the range. In moments like these, it’s best to know how to identify the problem and address it.

What to Do First

As soon as your rifle malfunctions or experiences an issue any kind, the first step is to take your finger off the trigger, put the weapon on safe, and to keep the weapon pointed down range. This simple step prevents further problems of having a malfunctioning weapon being pointed at nearby shooters.

Military service members or veterans may be aware of the immediate actions you can take to address a problem with your rifle. Colloquially this is referred to as “tap, rack, bang.” This method may work for the battlefield but isn’t always appropriate for the shooting range. Instead, you should practice the “tap, rack, and reassess” method.

  • Tap the bottom of your magazine to make sure it’s properly seated in the well.
  • Rack the charging handle of the rifle forcefully and release it.
  • Reassess and make sure that the issue has been resolved or is still in play. This reassess step ensures that the rifle is safe to fire.

The truth of the matter is that this simple three-step process will address the vast majority of any problems you experience will shooting your AR-15. Generally, your rifle will encounter simple stoppages that are caused by an unknown reason. However, if this does not work your rifle may be experiencing a far more complicated issue, and the reassess step may take longer. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the problems are most likely to experience at the range.

Failure to Feed

One of the most frequent and easily remedied range problems you will encounter is a failure to feed. Usually, this problem is caused when the bolt carrier group hasn’t moved forward with enough force to push a new round into the chamber and lock the boat in place. This can be solved with tap, rack, and reassess or the use of your forward assist.

Failure to Fire

In some cases, your rifle can properly chamber around but still not fire. If failure to fires caused by one of two factors. First, the ammunition could be defective in some way. The second issue could be that the firing pin did not strike the cartridge primer hard enough. In either case, keep the weapon pointed downrange for 3 to 5 seconds in case your experiencing hang fire and the primer is taking a while to detonate. Then eject the round and inspect the casing and the primer. Compare the strike against the primer to that of an empty casing that you fired earlier. If the indent in the unfired around is not as pronounced as the fire around, he may be experiencing firing pin issues. However if the round has the same indent see fire ground, it is likely a primer issue.

Failure to Extract

A failure to extract occurs when the bolt and carrier have either short stroked or returned completely rearward. In both cases, the cartridge is left in the chamber. The next round is cycled and is forced against the case that is still the chamber, creating a difficult to resolve issue. To address this problem, start by walking your bolt to the rear and putting the rifle on safe. Remove the magazine and any loose cartridges in the rifle. With the rifle pointed safely up and away from others, strike the butt stock on a firm surface to dislodge the round.

In some cases, a failure to extract is caused by a broken or ruptured round which is then stuck in the chamber. Again, put the rifle on safe and remove the magazine. Use a cleaning rod to push the jammed casing out of the receiver. For particularly stubborn casings, you may need to use the cleaning rod from the muzzle and a tool in the ejection port to fully remove the damaged case.

Stovepipe Jam

This is perhaps the easiest of the common range issues to diagnose and solve. When your rifle experiences a stovepipe jam, this simply means that the empty brass casing has been caught in the ejection port and is preventing the bolt from returning to battery. You can solve this jam in one of two ways.

Perhaps the simplest method is to simply use your hand to remove the offending brass. However, there will be no round chambered and so you will have to rack the bolt anyway. Instead use the tap, rack, reassess method above which clears the case from the receiver and puts the rifle the battery with a round in the chamber.

A Double Feed

Perhaps the most complicated type of problem you’ll find on the range is a double feed. Essentially, this is when two rounds try to occupy the same place at the same time. A double feed is exacerbated by the fact that your buffer spring is pressing the rounds forward into the chamber. The first step is to pull the bolt back and lock it in the rear position. Next, remove the magazine from the rifle. Depending on the severity of the jam, this may require some force. With the magazine out of the rifle, rack the bolt back and forth to three times. If this process does not work, it may require some careful manipulation of the jam grounds. Use your fingers or range tool at the edge of a pocket knife to free the rounds from the chamber.

Double feeds are often caused by a combination of issues. First, it may be that your buffer spring isn’t as strong as you believe it is. It could be that your 30 round magazines are tightly loaded. The pressure from the spring of the magazine pushes the second round into the receiver faster than the buffer spring can push the first round in. There are three ways to solve this issue. First, you can replace your buffer spring with a stronger example. Second, you can use higher quality magazines at the range. Or third, you can simply load 29 rounds instead of 30 into your magazines.

Customize Your Rifle Today

A detailed understanding of how your rifle works and doesn’t work is a critical part of becoming a capable marksman. Once you understand the fundamentals of shooting accurately and caring for your weapon, you’ll find that your trips to the range are more effective and more productive.

When you’ve developed an intimate familiarity with her weapon it’s time to customize it to meet your needs. Bootleg Inc. is your go-to source for high-quality AR parts and accessories. From bolt carrier groups to handguards, upper receivers, flash hiders, and more, we have the products you need to enhance the fit and finish of your AR-15 rifle. Browse our complete collection today and order now.

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Lighten Your Load: Making a Lightweight AR-15 https://bootleginc.com/lighten-your-load-making-a-lightweight-ar-15-2/ https://bootleginc.com/lighten-your-load-making-a-lightweight-ar-15-2/#respond Thu, 16 May 2019 21:59:10 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=3913 In a previous blog, we asked whether your AR should lose some weight or not. The answer is, of course, yes. Especially if you’re of the "tacti-cool" school of thought and have more than your fair share of gew-gaws, widgets and accessories mounted to the end of your handguard. One of the strengths of the […]

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In a previous blog, we asked whether your AR should lose some weight or not. The answer is, of course, yes. Especially if you’re of the "tacti-cool" school of thought and have more than your fair share of gew-gaws, widgets and accessories mounted to the end of your handguard. One of the strengths of the AR platform is its near-endless customization options. One of the easiest and most practical ways you can customize your AR is to reduce its weight and profile. These mods make your rifle easier to carry, shoot, and maintain. As your go-to source for the best AR accessories, we at Bootleg Inc. also want to serve as your go-to resource for all things AR work. Let’s break down a few easy ways you can lighten your AR.

Seeing the Light

Whether you’re a backpacker, ranger, or simply an AR enthusiast, it’s always good to remember this mantra: ounces become pounds, pounds become pain. In an age of incredibly lightweight, but more importantly, robust parts and accessories for our rifles, there is really no reason to lug a chunky rifle around with you. Streamlined and slim AR rifles are easier to bring to the range and are more enjoyable to shoot.

Start From the Bottom Up

Your lower receiver is the most important components of your rifle. It’s also a major source of weight. Of course, that weight ensures that it can stand up to the abuse that it’s subjected to every time you fire. But heavy duty metals are not the only option for your lower anymore. Lowers can now be found in a variety of materials. In particular, polymers have become quite popular, praised for their featherweight and robust character.

That said, not every polymer lower can take the kind of abuse that regular range trips can put on a receiver. To mitigate any potential issues, some manufacturers reinforce these polymer lowers with metal components or sub-frames. When placed in strategic points in the receiver, it ensures that the receiver doesn't crack under pressure. The result is a lightweight receiver that can quickly be added to your rifle.

Of course, if you’re skeptical of the reliability of a polymer lower, many companies now offer lightweight receivers milled from aluminum. These receivers are often made even lighter thanks to cuts or milled-out portions that are located on non-essential or structural areas.

Scope Out Your Barrel Options

The appeal of a heavyweight or bull barrel is that they offer improved accuracy. But unless you're trying to shoot three rounds through the same 5.56 size hole, there's really no reason to use one. Your favorite range rifle will still perform to your requirements with a lightweight barrel. The market is now flush with options, all in various lengths and for numerous calibers, and offered in a number of twist rates. In addition to the weight of the barrel, think about its length. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of building an SBR, you can still make use of a 16-inch carbine barrel. You’ll feel less weight at the end of your rifle with a shorter barrel.

Luckily, barrel design and manufacturing has now reached the point that even the most diminutive of barrels are still performance ready out of the box. Your carbine-length barrel will still let you nail bullseyes at the range. Heck, it’s probably more accurate than you are.

Toss Out the Carry Handle

There’s no denying that the upper receiver carry handle lends the AR its distinct silhouette; it also lends it some unneeded weight. Granted, the carry handle serves as the rear sight for some rifles and is also an easy way to carry it, but there are better options for rear sights and carry points now.

Once you’ve ditched the carry handle, it’s time to invest in some flip up sights and a multi-point sling. Both of these AR accessories can be readily mounted to the rails of your rifle. Not only are these easy to connect, but they save space and weight. You’ll free up valuable real estate on the Picatinny rail on the top of your receiver, letting you mount accessories like optics or lasers. Plus, many slings are now designed to let you shoot the rifle while keeping it connected to you, ensuring you don’t lose control over the weapon.

It’s the Little Things

Perfectly embodying that "ounces become pain" mantra are the small parts on and in your AR. Taken at a glance, all of these parts may not look or feel all that heavy, but their weight is in their numbers. In these cases, it’s a good idea to invest in replacement parts made from aluminum, titanium, or polymer. Think about swapping these AR parts out:
  • Muzzle devices
  • Bolt releases
  • Charging handles
  • Trigger guards
  • Mag releases
  • Trigger groupings
  • Safety levers
These little choices can make a big difference. When you replace these with lightweight alternatives, you’ll notice a remarkable weight savings.

Slimming Stocks

If you bought your rifle off-the-rack, it’s likely that you’re still using the stock… stock. But these are often far heavier than they really need to be. Again, if you’re going for a precision shooting machine, a heavier stock, like a heavier barrel, may be a boon. But if you’re putting together a rifle meant for day-long range trips, you’ll enjoy a lightweight stock more. Plus, replacing the stock is easy and affordable.

For those looking for an ultra-light setup, check out any one of the dozen or more tube style stocks out there. Though petite, they still capably buffer the recoil of the rifle, especially those chambered in smaller calibers like .223/5.56. If you’re shooting .308 or larger, it’s worth a little extra weight to keep from bruising your shoulder and your ego.

Bespoke BCGs

You may not realize it, but your bolt carrier group contributes a lot of weight to your rifle. Thankfully, several manufacturers have recognized this and created lightweight BCGs that are still up to the task. Thanks to adjustable gas blocks, you can tailor your felt recoil to the point that your lightweight BCG feels just the same as the full-size alternative. At the lightest end of the range, you’ll find BCGs weighing as little as four ounces, with others in the eight to nine-ounce area.

Hollow Handguards

Your handguard is one of the most visible ways to save weight on your rifle. A longtime companion of military and law-enforcement personnel, the Picatinny handguard is an iconic choice, but not always your best. With new options made from polymer and machined metals, a quick handguard replacement is a great weight saving measure.

The latest generation of M-LOK and KeyMod handguards made from polymer are great choices. By removing materials to create attachment points, these rail systems are designed with lighter weight in mind. Additionally, you’ll gain or lose weight depending on the length of your AR handguard. Shorter handguards are lighter, but offer you fewer attachment points for AR accessories, like rail covers, foregrips, and laser modules.

Find the Best AR Accessories Here

Building a lightweight AR is easy and makes your rifle more practical. As an added benefit, you’ll become more familiar with the inner workings of your rifle, ensuring you can quickly address malfunctions in the future. 

When you want to totally customize your AR-15, make Bootleg Inc. your first and last stop. We offer premium quality parts for your next build, or simply to mod your existing rifle. From handguards to bolt carriers and upper receivers, we’ve got it all. Browse our complete complement of AR parts and accessories today and order now! 

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These 4 AR Parts Will Wear Out First https://bootleginc.com/these-4-ar-parts-will-wear-out-first/ https://bootleginc.com/these-4-ar-parts-will-wear-out-first/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:27:09 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=3814 There are few things more satisfying than a properly functioning AR-15 rifle. Follow up shots are fast and precise, loading is easy and intuitive, and handling the rifle feels like second nature. Conversely, an AR that is plagued by malfunctions, part failures, and broken accessories can be one of the most infuriating feelings you could […]

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There are few things more satisfying than a properly functioning AR-15 rifle. Follow up shots are fast and precise, loading is easy and intuitive, and handling the rifle feels like second nature. Conversely, an AR that is plagued by malfunctions, part failures, and broken accessories can be one of the most infuriating feelings you could ever experience.

Here at Bootleg, Inc., we’ll be the first to admit that while modern rifle design and manufacturing has ensured that the AR-15 and other rifles like it are some of the most reliable and mechanically sound tools ever created, that doesn’t mean they’re immune to failure and wear and tear. In fact, by nature of their use, firearms are subjected to wear and tear faster than many other tools.

That means that eventually, the parts and accessories on your AR will wear out. It’s not a matter of if but when. Being aware of these parts ensures that you can keep a few spares handy on the armorer’s bench or in your range bag.

What Parts Fail and Why

As mentioned above, modern machining and tolerances ensure that most rifles will very rarely, if ever, experience any kind of part failure. That’s in part because most firearm owners simply aren’t shooting enough to truly wear out a rifle before it either gets a permanent spot in the safe or is traded in at a local gun shop for something fancier. But for those who are range addicts or use their AR-15 rifles in shooting competitions, they’re putting enormous stress on their firearms.

The parts and accessories on your AR have what’s generally referred to as “wear durability.” Simply put, this is how fast a part wears out after frequent use. Depending on the type of part or the quality of the accessory, this “wear durability” will vary, but any part will wear out with enough time and use. This slow degradation of the part leads to common and uncommon issues, like jamming, accuracy issues, misfeeds, and more.

While we often think about the wear we put on the external parts of our rifle, the reality is that our internal parts see far more wear and tear and are more likely to need to be replaced than something like your handguard or your barrel. So with that in mind, let’s examine the parts that will wear out first.

#1: Your Bolt

Before you start coddling your bolt and cooing to it gently before every round, just remember that your bolt was designed to be used and abused. But if you’re a regular at the local range, your bolt might wear out faster than you might expect.

Bolt failure is typically seen in one of two places: splitting along the cam pin holes or the locking lugs break. Either of these issues quickly spells the end of your range trip if you don’t have a replacement bolt on hand.

When your bolt begins to split near the cam pin holes, you might only notice a crack on one side of the part itself. However, this crack can spread throughout the part, and eventually cause the entire bolt to split in two.

Wear and tear on your locking lugs can be difficult to identify if you don’t take a careful look at the part regularly. You’ll know if these lugs have failed because they’ll have broken apart in the bolt, and the shattered pieces will accumulate in your chamber, causing misfeeds and jams.

#2: Your Gas Tube Components

Perhaps because it is hidden inside your front handguard and rarely removed, it can be hard to remember that your gas tube is one of the most used assemblies on your rifle.

Keeping your gas tube and block together are fine roll pins. Normally, these parts do not fail, break, or fall out, but it can happen on rare occasions. It’s important to have extra pins on hand so you can replace them and keep your rifle functioning normally.

Your gas tube has a flared end which creates an air-tight seal between the tube itself and the gas key. With heavy use or simple age, this flare can eventually get pounded flat. Once flattened, the air-tight seal is broken, creating a negative seal that lets gas escape. When this part fails, you’ll find that you’ll experience cycling issues until the part is replaced.

#3: Your Extractor

The extractor is a common wear point for any firearm, not just the AR-15. Depending on the quality of your extractor, however, you might find yourself replacing this part sooner rather than later. Extractors can be cracked, chipped, or even break depending on the type of ammo you’re using that day. In particular, steel cased ammo can wear on your AR extractor more quickly than other kinds of cased ammunition. Once worn, the extractor is unable to grab the rim of your spent casing and remove it from your receiver.

While the extractor itself will likely fail first, there is an off-chance that the supporting parts will also fail. The springs and buffers of your extractor should be removed and replaced regularly. If while inspecting them you notice they are smashed, bent, or flattened, get replacement parts right away.

#4: Your Firing Pin

The fact is, the parts that make up your BCG, or bolt carrier group, are perhaps some of the most prone to accelerated wear and tear. Within your BCG resides your firing pin. Your firing pin can fracture and break with time and use. Depending on the weight and hardness of the primers you’re using in your ammo, how long it takes for the firing pin to break can vary.

Generally, your firing pin will lose its shape with time and use. Eventually, the tip will become blunted, chipped, or even bent. These deformations can prevent the pin from hitting the primer of your round, which can cause cycling issues or hang fires. Should your firing pin become damaged, just replace it entirely. It’s not worth the effort to try and repair it.

 

Bootleg, Inc. is Your Source For Quality AR Parts and Accessories

If you’re tired of constantly replacing worn out parts on your rifle, it’s time to invest in higher quality materials. From bolt carrier groups and gas blocks to upper receivers and charging handles, Bootleg offers top-tier parts for your AR. Made from durable steel and featuring hardened coatings and finishes, our parts are ready to stand up to whatever you throw at them. Order yours today.

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5 Items The Best Shooters Carry in Their Gun Range Bags, Part Three https://bootleginc.com/5-items-the-best-shooters-carry-in-their-gun-range-bags-part-three/ https://bootleginc.com/5-items-the-best-shooters-carry-in-their-gun-range-bags-part-three/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 20:00:41 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=3669 The best gun range bag has at least 15 items in them. The best shooters in the industry understand what they need while shooting at the range, and they keep these items in their bag. The less mental energy they have to use on “remembering” if they brought something, the better. They are focused on […]

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The best gun range bag has at least 15 items in them. The best shooters in the industry understand what they need while shooting at the range, and they keep these items in their bag. The less mental energy they have to use on “remembering” if they brought something, the better. They are focused on their target down range, not if they remembered the first aid kit mentioned in part one of this series.

When it comes to your AR-15 accessories and your gun range bag, you want to keep the items you need the most in the bag. Your shooting sessions at the range include more than your rifle, ammunition, and your target. Shooting is a multi-leveled process that starts before you decide to visit the range.

At Bootleg, we want you to continuously be advancing your shooting skills and experience. One part of this advancement is the collection of accessories you use while shooting. You want only the best AR-15 accessories. Another part is what you take to the range with you. In part one and part two of this series, we shared 15 gun range bag items. In this article, we will share five more items that the best shooters keep in their bags.

The Best Shooters Keep These 5 Items in Their Gun Range Bags

As a shooter, precision is your ultimate metric. It may feel good to rip off a few rounds down range, not caring where they strike. However, if you want to be a great shooter, you aim for accuracy. Here are five more items the best shooters keep in their gun range bag:

11. Gloves

It may seem odd to wear gloves while shooting, but you won’t understand the value until you actually need them. This is why taking gloves with is better than not having them when you need them. A hot barrel, long shooting sessions, or cold day are all common reasons to wear gloves while you shoot. And they don’t have to be expensive “shooting” gloves. They can be your $15 mechanics gloves from your local hardware store. Keep it simple and protect your hands.

12. Water and Snacks

When you get to shooting, you may dial in your focus that you lose track of time. This is normal. You’re committed to getting better as a shooter, and you need all of your energy to train. There is a negative consequence of extreme focus. You forget to do other things like eat, drink, or stretch. Keep at least a day’s worth of snacks and water in your gun range bag. This will make it so that if you do forget to break for 30 minutes to eat, you can at least keep yourself fed and hydrated while you push through the training.

13. Batteries

Do you use electronics while shooting? Do you have a timer that’s battery powered? Keep at least two sets of batteries in your bag for the items that may need them. Batteries for electronics have a great lifespan, but when they go out, you’re out of luck — unless you have these batteries already stored in your bag.

14. Range Finder

Want to improve your accuracy as a shooter? Know how far you’re shooting. A range finder, even at the range, can be a great tool to use and train with. Ranges don’t always get their distance right, and in some cases, those ranges are from a different point than where you’re shooting from. You can eyeball it and get close. Instead, you can use a rangefinder to get the exact metrics to shoot with precision.

15. Sunscreen, flashlight, and heavy duty trash bags

Whether the sun is beating down on your neck, or you’re shooting at night, some sunscreen and a flashlight can make the difference between short and long shooting sessions. After each session, you can use your heavy duty trash bags to pick up the used casings, as well as toss your gun range bag inside to keep it from getting drenched (or you buy a waterproof bag).

Bootleg is your supplier of the best AR-15 accessories online. Whether you need an upper, receiver, handguard, or more, they can help you get exactly what you need at top-tier quality. Shop online now!

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5 Items The Best Shooters Carry in Their Gun Range Bags, Part Two https://bootleginc.com/5-items-the-best-shooters-carry-in-their-gun-range-bags-part-two/ https://bootleginc.com/5-items-the-best-shooters-carry-in-their-gun-range-bags-part-two/#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:00:40 +0000 https://bootleginc.com/?p=3668 A gun range bag is just as important as the rifle you carry inside of it. Without the proper equipment or gear, going to the range is a waste of time. What you want in your gun range bag will differ compared to your other shooting buddies. However, there are some common items that every […]

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A gun range bag is just as important as the rifle you carry inside of it. Without the proper equipment or gear, going to the range is a waste of time. What you want in your gun range bag will differ compared to your other shooting buddies. However, there are some common items that every great shooter carries.

If you missed it, part one of this two-part series is available to see the first five items the best shooters carry in their gun range bags. In this article, you will find five more items. Keep your bag ready for the range, and you’ll never forget the essentials.

At Bootleg, we strive to deliver you the best AR-15 accessories to your shooting experience. Whether you need an upper, receiver, or handguard.

5 More Gun Range Bag Items

6. Multi-tool and Allen Wrench Set

When you want to adjust your rifle, how do you make that happen? For most, a multi-tool or specific Allen wrench set that fits their rifle is the best way to do this. You will want one or both in your gun range bag. Without tools like this, you will be stranded at the gun range unable to adjust your rifle, or you will need to make new friends at the range and immediately borrow their tools — and we all know how much you like to make friends.

7. Glass Lens Cleaner and Cleaning Cloths

As you sight in your target down range, you notice a smudge on the glass. It distracts you from focusing on your target. Make sure you can clean these types of smudges with glass lens cleaner and cleaning cloths. It may be somewhat effective to use your shirt sleeve to clean your lenses, but cleaner and a rifle-lens cleaning cloth are better for your equipment.

8. Ball Cap

The sun, wind, and other’s glares can all be averted with a velcro-back, curved-bill ball cap. When you’re focusing in on your shooting, you probably want to be left alone. A great way to find your focus is to limit your own vision. In all truth, a ball cap can help set the tone for your shooting session. Want to lighten up and talk to some buddies while at the range? Tip that hat back a bit or turn it around. There’s a place and time for shooting guns, as well as a place and time for talking with friends.

9. Tape

It’s time you start believing in the power of tape. MacGyver used tape to get out of tight situations. Your gun is not too good to leverage the use of tape, nor are your fingers. In some cases, tape is all you’ve got left to bandage a wound or even cover up some blisters. You can also use tape to cover bullet holes on targets to maintain target integrity. Finally, you can use tape to cover the weak eye on your shooting glasses. Tape is versatile, and it’s time you start using it more often.

10. Gun Oil

Lubrication of your rifle is super important. Rifles that are not lubricated regularly eventually fail. If you want to keep your rifle in tip-top shape, you want to lube it often. Depending on the age and how often you use your rifle, lubrication may be needed less or more. For most, lubricating your rifle as a part of your cleaning routine is the best practice.

Bootleg: The Best AR-15 Accessories Online

It’s time you prepared your gun range bag so that you do not have to worry if you’re missing something. Use this article, part one, and part three of this series to prepare your bag like the best shooters in the industry. Need accessories or parts for your rifle? Shop Bootleg AR-15 accessories online now!

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