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#21 Josh Cobb

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:45 PM

I can't help but agree, Dennis. I was listening to Glen Beck's program the other day when a man called in to tell him that his son is being deployed soon and the rifle he's been issued won't hit the side of a barn. The son grew up shooting and hunting with a lot of different firearms and the father claimed he was an excellent shot, so he believed him. The man pleaded with Glen to try and generate some interest in the problem from his platform. Sad that we send our boys into harms way ill prepared, when the general public thinks otherwise.


This sounds like BS. Everybody thinks they’re great at shooting, but very few soldiers can qualify expert on demand. I’m not sure about the reserve component Soldier, but on active duty, weapons should be gauged annually to ensure they are within specs.

Reliability with aluminum magazines is another story. They typically aren’t bad if they’re new, but they were never designed to be abused for years. SAWs are notoriously unreliable while using the 30rd detachable magazines as they are designed to be belt fed weapons.

Buy magpul magazines and call it a day.


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#22 dennishoddy

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:06 PM

This sounds like BS. Everybody thinks they’re great at shooting, but very few soldiers can qualify expert on demand. I’m not sure about the reserve component Soldier, but on active duty, weapons should be gauged annually to ensure they are within specs.

Reliability with aluminum magazines is another story. They typically aren’t bad if they’re new, but they were never designed to be abused for years. SAWs are notoriously unreliable while using the 30rd detachable magazines as they are designed to be belt fed weapons.

Buy magpul magazines and call it a day.


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Reserve units no longer maintain an armory. After 911, the government decided it was too dangerous to have automatic weapons in reserve units. Afraid they would be stolen I guess. 

Right now reserve units get 40 rounds a year for training. That's it. 

For several years we brought a reserve unit to our range to get much more shooting than 40 rounds.

One of our club officers who was a Drill Sergeant with over 20 years experience  had the son that needed new mags for his SAW I commented about earlier was still in that unit after deployment and he wanted to insure they got real  training if they ever got called up again. (You'd have to know the guy to understand, he's incredibly anal about shooting skills.) 

Some of the new recruits, even after basic were still trying to load mags backwards. By the end of the weekend, they got pretty good. 



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Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:29 AM

InRange TV put out a video a couple weeks ago going over AR magazines in great detail.  It was about 30 minutes long and no longer exists on their YouTube channel. It's 30 minutes of solid gold, but I can't seem to find it.


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#24 Burk Cornelius

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Posted Yesterday, 06:05 PM

InRange TV put out a video a couple weeks ago going over AR magazines in great detail. It was about 30 minutes long and no longer exists on their YouTube channel. It's 30 minutes of solid gold, but I can't seem to find it.

I bet in ended like Josh's post above....buy Magpul.

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