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What Are The Best Red Dot Sight For Ar 15 Rifle?

Red dot style sights are by far the most popular choice for AR-15s and other AR-frame weapons.

As such, there are hundreds of different options available on the market. Every single person has their own personal favorites, but we can all agree that it is very difficult to settle on one option.

What Are The Best Red Dot Sight For Ar 15

What Are The Best Red Dot Sight For Ar 15

In this article, we will review five of the top choices.

These optics are all great choices, and will serve your weapon very well.

We will talk about all three in terms of pros and cons, and then we will make some buying recommendations.

Top Our Pick For Best Red Dot Sight For Ar 15 In 2018

Review of 6 Best Red Dot For AR 15 On The Market

Continue reading for our full review of the best red dot sights for an AR-15.

1. Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope

Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope

This red dot sight from Bushnell is extremely compact. It measures only 2.4 inches long, and only weighs 3.6 ounces. You will hardly even notice that it’s attached to your rifle.

Similar to the previous optic, this scope has unlimited eye relief. You can shoot it with your head placed wherever you want, and with both eyes open. As long as your zero is accurate, your shots will be on target. Just like with the Vortex, this allows for extremely fast target acquisition.

In terms of light transmission, this scope performs almost as well as the previous Vortex. It has Bushnell’s Amber-Bright technology and the internals are fully multicoated. The front lens of the scope is amber in color, which improves your vision down the sight. However, this scope isn’t quite as bright as the previous one, due to the fact that the objective lens is 5mm smaller. This will slightly limit the amount of light that can enter the optic.

Another similarity to the Vortex is that the scope offers a high level of durability. It is waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof. Once again, this is a great feature for hunting.

However, where this scope starts to lag a little behind the Vortex is in its accuracy. The reticle of this optic, which is a simple red dot, is 3 MOA in size. This is a pretty large reticle, so at longer distances, you run the risk of your target being completely covered by the reticle. As you can imagine, this makes it difficult for precise shooting at longer ranges.

Overall, this is an excellent value purchase. It is a quality scope, and will serve your AR-15 well. While some have experienced some issues with the newer version of this scope, we did not have any issues with ours. It was bright and easy to see

2 .Vortex Optics Strikefire II Red Dot Sights

Vortex Optics Strikefire II Red Dot Sights

Vortex Optics Strikefire II Red Dot Sights

I’m sure you’ve heard of Vortex Optics, as they are extremely well known and respected throughout the industry. They produce many different optical products, including quality riflescopes and tactical-style red dot sights. They offer an excellent combination of quality and affordability.

The Strikefire II is an internal reflex sight that has very bright red or green reticle. It is extremely easy to use, and offers pretty accurate shooting. The entire system is designed for AR-frame weapons, so it is naturally a great choice.

The optic measures 5.6 inches long and weighs 7.2 ounces. The objective lens is 30 millimeters, and the internals are fully multicoated, which will allow for maximum light transmission. This means that the scope will be extremely bright and easy to see through.

When you’re looking down the optic, there is no parallax and it has unlimited eye relief. This allows for easy shooting with both eyes open. The reticle is a simple dot, but there are 10 brightness levels and you can choose whether it is red or green. The lowest settings are night vision compatible. For these reasons, the sight is extremely fast to acquire targets.

When you power the scope up with the rear-facing controls, it automatically reverts back to the previous brightness setting it was on. If you accidentally leave the power on, it will automatically turn off after 12 hours. This significantly increases the battery life.

The scope itself is also very durable. It is waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof. The optic is made from an aluminum alloy , and has been given a hard anodized finish to match this. This optic would be excellent for hunting or any other outdoor shooting, due to how durable it is. Another aspect of the durability of this scope is the fact that it will hold your zero for thousands of rounds.

The adjustments with this scope are very easy to make, and each click results in a ½ MOA movement. This means that your point of impact will move by half of an inch at 100 yards. For an AR-15, this is an extremely precise adjustment, which allows for very accurate shooting.

Overall, this sight is extremely easy to use, and it is packed with features. It offers some of the best bang for your buck we have seen. We found that it was very easy and enjoyable to shoot, and we were able to shoot very accurately with it.

3. Ohuhu Red Green Dot Gun Sight Scope Reflex Sight with 4 Reticles

Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope w/ BDC 800 Reticle,Black

Ohuhu is a company that produces many different products in quite a few different areas. One of these products is their red dot style sight, which is one of the biggest sellers on Amazon. This scope is an exposed reflex sight, which means it basically just has one external “window” where the reticle is projected. It is available in a tan color and in black.

Due to the style of sight it is, this scope is extremely small, and the adjustments are extremely easy to get to. They are made with an Allen key. The adjustments of this scope aren’t nearly as precise as the previous ones, so it will not shoot nearly as accurately.

The scope itself is decent. It has no eye relief and no parallax, just like the previous sights on our list. When it holds its zero, it is an extremely easy scope to use. However, we did have some accuracy concerns with the sight. Some of the reticles don’t line up with others, and it is known to lose a zero with a little recoil.

As the name may imply, it has four different reticles you are able to choose from, and you can choose whether they are red or green. There are multiple brightness settings, but even at the highest setting, it isn’t always bright enough for normal use.

The scope has some durability concerns, due to how cheaply it is made. There are plenty of examples of this sight breaking after very limited use.

At the end of the day, Ohuhu isn’t a rifle optics company. Vortex and Bushnell are. To expect the same quality as the other companies would be foolish. However, if you aren’t going to shoot your weapon much, and you are looking for a very inexpensive option, this optic may be decent for you. We would recommend spending the extra money for the Bushnell, but this might work

4. Holosun HS503C Paralow 133x54x72mm Circle Dot Sight

Holosun HS503C Paralow 133x54x72mm Circle Dot Sight

Holosun HS503C Paralow 133x54x72mm Circle Dot Sight

This sight from Holosun is an extremely basic red dot style sight. However, don’t let that turn you off from how high quality this sight is. This is actually one of our favorite red dot sights, despite its simplicity.

The optic measures 5.24 inches long, and weighs in at a tiny 4.25 ounces. As you can see, it’s a really small optic. It’s an internal reflex style red dot, which basically means that it’s a small tube with two lenses and the actual reticle is inside the tube, between the lenses. The dot is red, and the scope has no magnification.

When many people hear the term “red dot sight,” they are thinking about an external reflex sight. An internal reflex sight works pretty much the same, but the reticle and lights are all internal. In my opinion, these are more durable and reliable than external reflex sights, and I think they look a little better.

The pros of this optic are the ease of use, the solar power, and the durability.

When we say the ease of use, we mean in so many different ways. For starters, the optic is extremely easy to fire with. The reticle is extremely simple. It’s a simple dot reticle or a circle/dot combination, which is very easy to acquire targets and shoot accurately with.

The optic is also extremely easy to adjust, as most red dot style sights are. All you have to do is open the turrets, and use the simple mechanism to move the reticle. The clicks are easy to hear and feel, so you can get some peace of mind in your zero.

Another factor of this ease of use is how easy it is to install the optic. It has a simple cross bar style mount, meaning that you can easily mount it to either picatinny or weaver style rails.

The solar power also leads directly into the ease of use of the scope. Solar power is something not commonly seen in optics. For us, we really liked the feature. The reticle brightness adjusts for how bright it is outside, and when it’s bright enough to power the solar panel, the optic just stays on the entire time. As you can imagine, this makes it very easy to use.

The scope also has a battery backup, when it’s not bright enough out to use the solar power. The battery life is great, and the scope will automatically turn off after a wait period.

The cons of this optic are that it is pretty pricey, and it isn’t the most precise optic available. The price comes largely from the solar power. Similar optics without this feature will be much less expensive  (In my research). In our opinion, it’s worth the added cost though.

5. UTG 4.2" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot with QD Mount, Riser Adaptor

UTG 4.2" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot with QD Mount, Riser Adaptor

UTG 4.2" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot with QD Mount, Riser Adaptor

The UTG 4.2” ITA scope is extremely affordably priced, but also offers some decent features. While it isn’t the highest quality scope available, it definitely works for basic tactical uses and range shooting. We wouldn’t shoot competitions with it, but it is an acceptable optic.

The optic measures 4.17 inches long and weighs 9.8 ounces. Similar to the last optic, it’s a simple red dot with no magnification at all. However, this one differs in that it has a T-style reticle, which can be either red or green.

The pros of this optic are ease of use, and durability. Since this optic removes the solar power. While the optics of the previous sight are higher quality, this scope is decent. For basic shooting, it is more than acceptable.

The ease of use of this scope is extremely similar to the Holosun, so we won’t simply repeat the same features. However, this scope also has a quick detach base, so you just have to flip a lever to take it off of a picatinny-style rail.

As with the Holosun, this is a very durable optic. It’s waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof, and the internals are durable enough to withstand the recoil of multiple weapons. You can use this optic on shotguns and rifles with larger calibers as well.

The cons are that the reticle isn’t as easy to use, isn’t quite bright enough, and it is not that precise. I prefer the circle/dot combination reticle to the T-style. I think that the target acquisition is slightly slower, and it makes it harder to get a precision shot.

Speaking of the reticle, on bright days, it can be very difficult to see. The red dot works better than the green dot, but both are difficult to see when it’s really bright out.

Lastly, the adjustments of this optic are not that bright. If you’re shooting at longer distances, it’s going to be hard to be very accurate with this scope. The reticle is large, and you can’t adjust it that precisely.

6. Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5 1x20mm Compact 2 Moa Red Dot Sight, Black

Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5 1x20mm Compact 2 Moa Red Dot Sight, Black

Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5 1x20mm Compact 2 Moa Red Dot Sight, Black

Last up, we’ve got an excellent optic from Sig Sauer. Similar to the previous two optics, this one is an internal reflex sight that is very compact in nature and has no magnification range.

It measures in at only 2.47 inches long and weighs only 5.1 ounces. As you can see, this is a truly tiny optic. It’s got a simple 2 MOA red dot style reticle, and really does have some great features. In terms of optical clarity, this may be my favorite on the list.

The biggest pros of this weapon, other than the extremely compact size, are the durability, MOTAC, and optical settings. As with all of the other optics, this one is very durable. However, Sig takes it to another level by guaranteeing that the optic is IPX-7 rated.

The MOTAC is a Sig creation. Essentially, the optic is motion activated. It will turn on when it senses motion, and turns off when it doesn’t. It’s that simple. It saves a lot of battery. I still prefer the solar power of the Holosun, but by a very slim margin.

Another pros of this optic is that it has two night vision settings to go along with eight normal settings. This is a much wider variety than the other optics mentioned.

Just like the other sights on this list, the red dot is large, and the adjustments aren’t that precise. It will be difficult for longer range shooting, but it is more than acceptable for CQB style shooting, and casual range use.

Buying Recommendations

Now that we’ve talked about the three scopes, lets make some buying recommendations.

Simply put, the Vortex is the best of the group.

If you are going to be shooting in low-light conditions or under night vision, the Vortex is your best bet. It will allow more light to pass through, and will be easier to see down.

For hunting, the Bushnell and the Vortex are both great options, due to how durable they are.


Hopefully our review of the best AR-15 optics was useful to you. When considering some of the things that we have mentioned, it should be way easier for you to select an optic for your weapon.

Buying a red dot for your AR can be an overwhelming experience. Choosing one of these, especially the Bushnell or the Vortex, will be a great choice for you.

For range shooting, either of these two options is a great choice. They are both good optics, but the Vortex may be slightly more accurate, especially at longer distance.

What Is The Legal Barrel Length For An Ar 15

If you are trying to build an AR-15 and avoid having to go through the process of getting an ATF-approved tax stamp, you’re going to need to know the legal barrel length for your weapon.

In the military, M4 barrels are 14.5 inches long. This was a vast reduction in size and weight compared to the 20 inch barrel of the M16.

What is the legal barrel length for an ar 15

What is the legal barrel length for an ar 15

However, what barrel length is legal in the civilian world?

The Simple Answer for legal barrel length of AR 15

Putting it as simple as possible, the answer to this question is 16 inches. However, as with many things in the firearms world, there are some workarounds to this.

Muzzle Device

The first workaround is a permanently attached muzzle device, such as a flash suppressor.

In this situation, you are able to buy a 14.5 inch barrel and a specific muzzle device, and have a gunsmith pin-and-weld the muzzle device to the barrel.

In most of these flash suppressors, it will be specifically stated that you are able to have it pinned and welded, so be sure to check if it’s possible before buying the muzzle device.

Essentially, pinning and welding the muzzle device makes it permanent, which in turn makes it part of the barrel. For that reason, you are able to count the extra length of the flash suppressor as part of your barrel length.

Keep in mind that this will come at an added cost, since you’ll have to purchase the muzzle device and also pay to have it welded on for you.

AR-frame Pistol

Black Pistol with High Capacity magazine full shot

Black Pistol with High Capacity magazine full shot

The 16 inch barrel length only applies to rifles, NOT pistols.

You are able to build an AR pistol in various pistol and rifle calibers, which would eliminate the need for the 16 inch barrel. If it is technically a pistol, the barrel can be much shorter.

However, when building an AR pistol, there are a few laws that you need to keep in mind. Since that isn’t the point of this article, we won’t go too much into them. It basically boils down to the buttstock of the weapon, and there are some specific design features that must be accounted for. Make sure you know your laws if you take this route!

Get the Tax Stamp

Lastly, if you want a shorter barrel, you can always just get the tax stamp from the ATF. Once your weapon is classified as a short-barreled rifle (often called SBR), the length of the barrel won’t be a problem.

This is a somewhat length and time consuming process, but it is the only way to legally have an AR-15 rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches. Related that, if you are intending buy a scope for your ar 15, you should choose Nikon or Vortex, it’s my favorite.


To make a long story short, the answer to the question is 16 inches. Your AR-15 barrel must be at least 16 inches in length to be considered legal by the ATF. Anything shorter than that, and you will have to get an SBR tax stamp from them.

However, as we mentioned in this article, there are a couple workarounds you could pursue to avoid having to get the tax stamp. But, like with anything, make sure you know the laws about what you are doing.


Shotgun Home Defense Ammo-What Should You Choose?

For many reasons, shotguns are considered the ideal home defense weapon. At short range, they are extremely deadly. For home defense, this is an ideal situation. In the event that someone were to break into your home, a shotgun should be the first weapon you reach for.

Shotgun Home Defense Ammo-What Should You Choose

Shotgun Home Defense Ammo-What Should You Choose

However, shotgun shells can be a little confusing. What really is the best shotgun ammunition for home defense?

In this article, we will go over some of the best options, and talk about what makes them so great.

The Basics – Types of Shotgun Ammunition

Shotgun ammunition can be a little confusing. There are three different main types, and beyond that, there are sizes for each.

The primary types of shells are buckshot, birdshot, and slugs. Birdshot has more, smaller pellets. Buckshot has fewer pellets, but they are significantly larger. A slug is one solid piece of metal, and they are usually very large in size. This turns your shotgun into a crude rifle, and is very effective for taking down big game.

Next up, there are numbers associate with each type. For example, there is 00 buckshot, #4 birdshot, 4 buckshot, #8 birdshot, and many more.

As the number increases, the number of pellets within the shell increases. However, this also means that the size of the pellet decreases.

So, for example, #8 birdshot has hundreds of pellets that are .09 inches in diameter. #2 birdshot has 90 pellets that are .15 inches in diameter.

#4 buckshot pellets are .24 inches in diameter, and 00 buckshot pellets are .33 inches in diameter.

Make sense so far?

So, Which of These are the Best for Home Defense?

As you can imagine, buckshot is the best for home defense. Birdshot has more pellets, but they are very small in size, and usually don’t penetrate deep enough to be effective against a human target.

Buckshot penetrates much deeper, and it has larger pellets to damage more critical tissue.

Slugs would be effective in bringing down a target, but they require much greater accuracy, and they penetrate too deep. If you were to miss your target, that slug would travel through anything in its way for quite some time. This can be dangerous in a home defense situation.

What About Specific Ammunition?

How to choose a shotgun

How to choose a shotgun

In general, 00-1 buckshot are more than effective rounds for home defense. If you aren’t interested in buying ammo specifically for home defense, any of these buckshot shells will work. In fact, the military and many police departments use simple 00 buckshot for their shotguns.

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However, there are some ammo choices available that are made specifically for home defense. Keep reading to check some of these out.

  • Federal Premium Personal Defense PD13200. This is a simple 00 buckshot shell. It is aimed for home defense, and is loaded with 9 pellets. It offers reliable, tight shot groups, and does more than enough damage.
  • Federal Tactical 1 Buckshot. This is a 1 buckshot round. Similar to the previous ammo, this ammo offers reliable groups. However, this one has 15 pellets as opposed to 9.
  • Winchester PDX1. These rounds are more specifically for personal defense. In 12 gauge, there is a segmenting slug and one shell that has a slug and buckshot in it. The segmenting slug will break apart on impact, which damages more tissue. The slug and buckshot round spreads apart very rapidly, so you are able to cover more surface area.


As previously mentioned, shotguns are absolutely key to home defense. However, due to how confusing shotgun shells can be, it is difficult to choose one specific ammo for home defense.

Generally speaking, buckshot is a great choice. While there are fewer pellets, they are much larger. However, if you are looking for a shell that is specifically for home defense, there are a few out there. Winchester specifically makes a great shell for personal defense.

You can’t go wrong with most buckshot, but getting a more specific shot for home defense certainly wont hurt. The extra cost will be worth it in the event that you need it.

What Exactly Is A Round Of Ammunition?

Obviously, ammo is round in shape. However, what really is one round?

I’m sure most people have the general idea right. One round is one cartridge or one shotgun shell. However, the term is commonly mixed up with the term “bullet.”

What Exactly is a “Round” of Ammunition

What Exactly is a “Round” of Ammunition

So, in this article, we will cover the absolute most basic parts of ammunition. In doing so, you will understand what exactly a round is, and how it is different from a bullet.

Handgun and Rifle Ammo Components

When looking at a handgun or rifle round, they are really pretty similar. These rounds are composed of a bullet, which is located inside a casing, which is filled with a propellant.

The bullet is the “front” of the round. It is the actual projectile that will fly through the air. It is also the part that will enter the target, whatever that may be.

This bullet is crimped into the casing, which is the larger brass part that makes up a good portion of the round. This casing will be ejected from the weapon after the trigger is pulled.

The casing has a primer on the very back of it. When you pull the trigger, the firing pin in the weapon will strike the primer. The primer has a very sensitive igniter in it, which will light the propellant.

The propellant is located inside the casing. It is never seen by the normal shooter, because it is contained within the casing and is completely consumed after firing. After the primer is struck, the igniter lights the propellant. The propellant, or gunpowder, burns rapidly, which creates gas pressure. This gas pressure is what actually fires the bullet downrange.

All of these components added together are referred to as a cartridge. One “round” of ammunition is simply one cartridge.

Shotgun Ammunition

Shotgun ammunition is slightly different. Instead of having a brass casing, shotgun shells have a plastic hull. These plastic hulls are crimped at the end opposite the primer.

Instead of one bullet, shotgun shells have “shot” in them.

Shot refers to the pellets that are located within the hull.

Shotguns traditionally fire many pellets, as opposed to only one bullet.

The shot is actually inside of the hull, as opposed to rifle ammo, where you can see the projectile.

Shotgun shells also have what is called a “wad.” The wad is located between the powder and the shot. Its purpose is to protect the shot and trap the gas behind the shot, which allows the shell to work.

Other than these terminologies, shotgun shells work very similar to handgun and rifle ammunition. They have a primer, which ignites the powder and propels the shot downrange.

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As you can see, ammunition is pretty simple. One “round” simply means one cartridge or one shotgun shell. It’s really that simple.

Ammunition can get a little confusing, but understanding the basics will give you a better grip on ammunition as a whole.

How Hot Does A Gun Barrel Get? How Get It Cooler Faster?

As much rifle shooters know, rifle barrels can get extremely hot. While all barrels will heat up, it is most noticeable in rifles, since the metal of the barrel is exposed. However, how hot can they actually get? What damage could this cause?

How Hot Does A Gun Barrel Get? How Get It Cooler Faster?

In this article, we will start with the basics, and eventually work into answering these questions.

The Basics – Why Does a Barrel Get Hot?

To understand this question, you have to understand how a bullet is fired. When you pull the trigger, it causes a firing pin within the weapon to strike a primer on the bullet. The primer ignites the gunpowder, which burns extremely fast. As it burns, it generates gas, which creates pressure and pushes the bullet out of the barrel at a high rate of speed.

The answer is right there. Gun powder burns and expands extremely rapidly, which is very hot. In fact, gunpowder burns near 5000 degrees Farenheit.

Repeating this process over and over again generates more and more heat. This heat transfers to the metal of the barrel, where it can’t dissipate as quickly, and the barrel will feel hot to the touch.

Okay, Cool. So What Does That Mean?

Alright, so now you understand WHY your barrel can get hot. What are the side effects?

First and foremost, a hot barrel can seriously affect your accuracy. While it depends on the exact rifle and barrel, some barrels can be extremely negatively affected by heat.

Match grade accuracy barrels are often less heat tolerant, so you will find that your shooting may be a little off. Common AR-15 and AK-47 barrels on the other hand are more heat tolerant, so you can shoot them more.

However, it could also be much worse than this. In serious situations, you could harm your barrel or your weapon. It would be very hard to do this, but it is absolutely possible to damage your weapon.

How Hot is Too Hot?

Basic reticle scope

Basic reticle scope

So, how can you tell when your barrel is too hot, and how hot can they get?

While there isn’t exactly much science behind it, an extremely common recommendation is that if your barrel is too hot to touch for more than a second or two, you probably shouldn’t shoot with it. Like I said, there isn’t much science behind it, but this is the line of thought that I subscribe too.

But, as far as how hot the barrel can get, it is absolutely possible to have the barrel be glowing red. For this to occur, it would have to be around 1500 degrees Farenheit. However, in a range setting, this would be nearly impossible.

I Want to Shoot More! How Can I Cool Off My Barrel?

There are a couple tricks to cool your weapon off faster.

First, try bringing more than one rifle to the range, and alternating between the two. This will give each rifle time to cool off.

When letting your rifle cool off, take it out of the sun. You should also leave the action open, and stand it straight up and down.

You could also put a cool, damp rag on the barrel, but make sure you get any surface rust off the barrel afterwards.


As you can see, barrels can get extremely hot, and shooting it while it’s too hot could be detrimental to you and the barrel.

Remember, if it’s too hot to touch for a second or two, don’t shoot it! Keeping this simple rule in mind will prevent you from shooting a barrel that is too hot.

If your barrel is too hot, try leaving it in the shade with the action open and standing it up on the butt. This will help it cool off faster.


How To Store Ammo In The Rightway

Alright, so you’ve just got yourself a firearm. Awesome! You get home with your new weapon and a box of ammo, excited for a trip to the range. But…. Shoot. How can you store the ammo?!

Not to worry! This is a pretty common question to people that are new to the firearm scene. As you will see, ammo is relatively durable, so you don’t have much to worry about.

In this article, we will go over some tips for storing ammo, and make some general recommendations.

How To Store Ammo In The Rightway

How To Store Ammo In The Rightway

The Three Factors: Temperature, Moisture, and Location

It’s really this simple. These are the extremely simple factors that you need to keep in mind when thinking about storing ammo.

If you are storing ammo, we are going to assume it is for longer term. Most people don’t buy ammo to shoot it the very next day. Many people, like hunters and survivalists, will have a large quantity of ammunition stored up at any point in time.

So therefore, we are going to assume that preserving your ammunition is in your plans as well.


First and foremost, your ammo should be stored in a cool environment. If it is stored in a place that is too hot, the excessive heat can negatively affect the gunpowder inside the bullet.

It will be a slow process, but high heat can affect the actual chemical composition of the gunpowder. This will negatively affect your ammunition, and could make it unusable.


Next, your ammunition should be stored in a dry place. Water and moisture can rust the case and affect the propellant within the cartridge.

If the propellant is wet, it may burn slower, or not at all. This will degrade the effectiveness of the ammunition.

One thing to keep in mind with this, once your ammunition has been exposed to the outdoors, it is \ likely that it has experienced some moisture. This is multiplied if it was in a swampy area, or brought along on a rainy hunt. Any environment with high humidity has high moisture.


When we say location, we are talking about a couple of different things. The ammunition should be stored in a safe place, where no one will be able to get to it if they shouldn’t be able to. For example, children shouldn’t be able to get to the ammunition.

The ammo may also be stored in a secure spot, or under a lock and key. While not everyone will do this, it is a pretty common practice.

Another factor of the location is exactly what you are storing the ammo in. The cardboard boxes that ammo comes in aren’t meant to be a long term storage solution. These should be secured in a safe, or even better, in an ammo can.

Storing Ammo – Don’ts

  • Don’t leave the ammo in the trunk of your vehicle, in the attic in the summer, or anywhere else that is really hot.
  • Don’t leave the ammo in a container that isn’t waterproof.
  • Don’t store ammo for too long after it has been exposed to moisture.
  • Don’t store ammo where children can easily get to it.
  • Don’t leave large stockpiles of ammo unsecured.

Storing Ammo – Dos

  • Do store ammo in an ammo can or other waterproof container.
  • Do store ammo somewhere climate controlled.
  • Do store ammo out of reach of children.
  • Do have some ammo readily accessible for home defense.
  • Do lock up excessive ammo.

Other Considerations

Some people don’t like storing ammunition with the weapon. I don’t really have any issue with it, but it is something to keep in mind. I do store some ammunition in my gun safe, but not everyone likes to do this.


Following these extremely easy considerations will allow you to store your ammo effectively. Storing the ammo effectively will ensure that it lasts for a decade or more. For most people, this is a huge pro.

When in doubt, just think about the temperature, moisture, container, and location of the container. As long as you are thinking about these factors, you will have no issues.

How Often Should I Clean My Gun?

Ah, the age-old question. It has been answered many times in many different ways. So, what is the correct answer to this question?

As I’m sure we’re all aware, weapons require maintenance in the form of cleaning. If you own a weapon, you’re going to have to clean it. It’s as simple as that.

Owning a gun and not cleaning it is negligent, and could potentially ruin your weapon. I don’t mean to use scare tactics, but these are the facts. Even if you aren’t shooting much, not cleaning your weapon could harm it.

How Often Should I Clean My Gun

How Often Should I Clean My Gun

So, let’s get into the question at hand.

The Basics: Why do I need to clean my weapon?

Simply put, because it gets dirty!

When you clean a weapon, you are cleaning some type of dirty residue. While there are many kinds, this is most often carbon. Carbon buildup occurs in your weapon each and every time you fire it. When the propellant burns, it leaves carbon behind.

Other types of residue could be trace bits of metal, which could be left behind by the bullets you are firing. However, this is somewhat uncommon, and 99.99% of the time, you are cleaning residual carbon out of the weapon.

Another reason to clean your weapon is to remove any rust from it. If you use your weapon outdoors, it is exposed to moisture. Some places are more moist, such as when you are duck hunting in a swamp, or deer hunting in the rain. However, even without precipitation, your weapon is still being exposed to water in the air.

When the metal of the weapon is exposed to any moisture, it could begin to oxidize. As a result, rust will form. Rust on a weapon is not a good thing, especially if it is inside the barrel.

By the way, you should have the best gun safe for the money for your weapons, it will protect your “wife” 🙂

What happens if I don’t clean my weapons?

Eventually, if the carbon buildup inside the weapon gets to be too much, the weapon can stop cycling properly.

If the buildup gets to be too severe in the barrel, the weapon could be similarly negatively affected. The bullet trajectory could be ruined, or worse. If there is too much rust built up, the same thing will happen.

Okay, I get it. Dirty weapons are bad. How often do I need to clean my weapons?

Now this is where it gets a little tricky. No one argues that you do have to clean your weapons, but plenty of people argue about how often it needs to be done.

To put it simply, you really can’t clean the weapon too often, as long as you are using the correct cleaning tools and not putting too much oil on it.

However, we will make a few recommendations for how often to clean your weapon.

Personally, I like to clean my weapons after each trip to the range. I find it to be soothing, but I also realize that not everyone feels this way.

Most weapons will be good for around three to four range trips, dependent on how many rounds you shoot.

My recommendation would be to clean the weapon every 250 rounds, if you don’t want to clean it each time you shoot.

If you don’t go to the range much, cleaning your weapon is still important. At the very least, you should break your weapon down and clean it twice per year, if you are never shooting at all.

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However, there are a few exceptions to these guidelines.

If your weapon is primarily for self defense or home defense, it is extremely important to clean it each and every time. This will ensure it will function each and every time.

For the competition shooter, cleaning a weapon each time you use it is extremely important as well.

Lastly, if you use your weapon in a swampy area or in any precipitation, you should clean it as soon as possible, to get any surface rust off of the weapon before it becomes a problem.


Cleaning weapons is a pretty easy and relaxing thing, but many people don’t know how often you should do it.

I would recommend cleaning your weapons each time you shoot, but not everyone likes to do this. If you prefer to wait, every 250 rounds is probably a decent guideline for you.

When cleaning your weapon, be sure to keep safety in mind. Always clear the weapon and use proper materials and cleaning techniques!

What Cool Alternatives Are There To An AR-15?

Don’t get me wrong, AR-15s are awesome. They are an extremely popular weapon system, because they are very easy to build and use. They are extremely customizable, and are available at inexpensive prices.

What Cool Alternatives Are There To An AR-15

What Cool Alternatives Are There To An AR-15

However, some people may not like them for a variety of reasons. They are extremely common, so maybe you are trying to stick out at the range.

Whatever, the reason may be, there are some excellent alternatives available to the classic AR-15. While these may be slightly more expensive for the most part, they are still fun weapons. In this article, we will go over a few examples of these AR-15 alternatives. Let’s get into it!

  1. AK47


First and foremost, let me say how much I love the AK47. There are hundreds of different variants available, and I’ve enjoyed every one that I have shot.

Compared to an AR-15, AK47s aren’t quite as accurate, but they do shoot a larger bullet. For hunting and defense purposes, this could be a good feature for you.

I think the weapon is pretty sleek looking, especially with wood furniture, and they are notorious for their reliability.


Anyone who has spent some time playing video games is familiar with the SCAR. It is used by some militaries, and is an absolutely excellent weapon.

Similar to the AK47, this rifle also shoots a larger bullet. While the AK shoots 7.62×39, one version of the SCAR shoots 7.62×51. This is an excellent round for big game hunting or defense purposes. The other version of the SCAR shoots the same round as the AR-15.

However, for as high quality as this weapon is, it is also worth mentioning that is about five times as expensive as the least expensive AR-15 weapons. If that is not a problem to you, definitely check out this weapon!

Bushmaster makes a version of the SCAR, called the ACR, that is slightly less expensive.

3.Steyr AUG A3 M1

This is the first of the so called “bullpup” rifles we will talk about. These types of rifles have the action behind the trigger, which shortens the overall length of the weapon. Essentially, these are similar to the P90, except they are in rifle calibers.

The AUG is used in the Austrian army, and is available with multiple different optics and rails from the manufacturer.

The rifle is extremely easy to breakdown, and shoots extremely well. Its distinct styling is sure to stand out, and the performance will be there to back it.

It shoots the same NATO ammunition as the AR-15, and is a pretty lightweight weapon. The trigger pull is slightly heavier than some others, but it is a great weapon to shoot.

However, similar to the SCAR, this weapon is significantly more expensive than the AR-15. Relevant to it, if you are looking the best scope for ar-15, i highly recommend the Vortex :).

4. IWI Tavor

Next up is another bullpup rifle. The Tavor X95 shoots the same NATO round as the AR-15. It cycles extremely smoothly, and has an excellent trigger pull. It’s got a great rail system, and is a very accurate weapon.

It is available in a few different colors, and has some excellent stock sights. The front folding sight has tritium inserts, so they are extremely easy to use. In my opinion, this weapon is slightly better looking than the AUG, and is also available at a less expensive cost.

In my opinion, both the AUG and the Tavor are fun to shoot. The difference between the two is almost negligible.

5. FN FS2000

The last bullpup rifle on our list is the FS2000. Similar to the SCAR, this rifle is made by FN, and it is an extremely high weapon. It shoots 5.56x45mm NATO.

This weapon only has one rail, as opposed to some of the others, which had more.

In my opinion, this rifle isn’t as sleek looking as the other bullpup rifles, but it is still a cool looking weapon. In terms of action, this is a good weapon. The FS2000 is also significantly less expensive than the other bullpup rifles.

6. Springfield M1A

Last up is a modernized predecessor to the AR-15. The Springfield M1A is a modern tactical M14. It is an extremely high quality weapon, and is a great AR-15 alternative. It shoots 7.62×51 NATO, so it is a larger cartridge than the AR-15.

This weapon has been around for a long time, and the modernization is a welcome touch. There are multiple models, so you will be able to meet your needs. Overall, this is a great quality weapon.

Should You Use A Sunshade For Your Scope?

The purpose of a sunshade is to shield the amount of light that enters the scope. Essentially, it does a lot to minimize the glare, which can help your eyes and improve your accuracy.

Sure, that sounds great, but is a sunshade really worth it? In this article, we will talk briefly about the pros and cons of a sunshade and whether or not you should use one.

For starters, we will talk about the basics of a sunshade.

Sunshades are extremely basic and simple to understand. It attaches to the scope on the objective lens side. For anyone confused, it attaches to the side that you don’t look down. It is literally just a hollow tube that will help to reduce glare in your scope.

Should You Use a Sunshade for your Scope

Should You Use a Sunshade for your Scope


The biggest pros of a sunshade are the reduced glare and ease of use. A quality sunshade will make a very significant difference in the amount of glare that you experience. Additionally, it will not change anything about the optic, and will not limit your field of view.

They are extremely easy to use in that they are very easy to install. That is literally all you have to do. It couldn’t be any easier.

Lastly, they are available at very inexpensive price. If you are experiencing glare, a sunshade is a very cheap fix to improve your problem, and help improve your accuracy.


The only real cons associated with a sunshade are the increased length and bulk. It will increase the length of the scope, which may make it more difficult to fit on some rifles. However, they are available in different lengths, so odds are that you can make it work.

With the increased length comes some additional weight, and the fact that the sunshade is often not the most aesthetically pleasing thing you can add to a rifle.


If you are doing any type of shooting in sunlight, a sunshade is not going to hurt. If you are able to fit it on your rifle, it is an easy and inexpensive addition to your rifle that could be very helpful. Whether it is hunting or target shooting, if you are shooting in the direct sunlight, a sunshade could be useful for you.

However, if most of your shooting occurs indoors or out of the direct sunlight, a sunshade won’t do much for you. It is an extra, bulky piece that will serve almost no purpose.

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As you can see, sunshades are extremely easy additions to weapons, and could be very useful to you, dependent on the type of shooting you do.


What Scope Does The Military Use?

For decades, civilian firearms fans have bought up military-style weapons, accessories, and optics. It is a near guarantee that weapons based on the current military weapons will be extremely popular. The case in point is obviously the AR-15, which has achieved firearms celebrity status as a result of being closely related to the military M4.

What Scope Does The Military Use

However, what optics are the military using? Are they commercially available?

This is a pretty broad question. The military uses quite a few different optics, and different units often use different optics. Special operations units can use separate optics than conventional forces. However, in this article, we will talk about a few of the optics used in the military, and whether or not you can buy them.

1. M68 Close Combat Optic (CCO)

First up is the M68 CCO, which is extremely commonly used in the Army. The Army has a contract with the manufacturer, and they have literally hundreds of thousands of M68s. However, the sight is used throughout most branches of the military.

On the civilian side, it is available as the Aimpoint CompM4. It is a durable and reliable sight that is extremely easy to use. They are accurate and enjoyable to shoot with.

However, not everyone in the military uses M68s. Many people prefer to shoot with other sights,

2. EOTech 553

One example is the EOTech Model 553. These EOTech sights are a very specific kind of red dot sight. They are actually a holographic sight. What this means is that the reticle is actually a hologram that is illuminated by a laser. This allows for the reticle to be smaller, which increases your accuracy.

In the civilian market, these are priced very similarly to the Aimpoint CompM4. It is another great sight, but the battery life isn’t as good. However, it is also worth mentioning that EOTech was involved in a lawsuit brought forth by the military that the sights were defective, so it may be worth checking out some of the others on our list.

3. Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG)

ACOG sights were originally mainly used by special operations units, but they are becoming more common in conventional units throughout the Army and Marine Corps. They are extremely popular, and are my personal choice for weapons optics.

Fortunately for you, Trijicon ACOG sights are widely available on the civilian market! The military uses mostly a few 4×32 versions, the TA31RCO-A4CP, TA31RCO-M150CP, and TA31RC-M4CP. Another one that is used is the ACOG/RMR combo, which is an excellent sight.

However, there are quite a few different magnification options available, so be sure to check out all of them!

My favorite thing about Trijicon ACOG sights, other than the durability, is the fact that they use fiber optics for the red dot, so you never need a battery. I find them to be extremely accurate and easy to shoot, but they are very expensive.

4. Leupold Mark 4

Now, we are transitioning away from M4 sights and onto sniper sights. These are just 2 of the common ones, but it is generally dependent on the shooter. When you get into the most advanced shooters in the military, they often choose their own optics, and there isn’t necessarily much overlap from one sniper to the next.

But, the first common optics for snipers is the Leupold Mark 4, which is available on the civilian market as well.

It is available with a pretty wide variety of magnification ranges. Leupold has come to be synonymous with quality. The Mark 4 is absolutely no different. They are crystal clear and extremely accurate. However, a hefty pricetag also comes with the Leupold name.

5. Schmidt & Bender PMII

Another one that is commonly used by military snipers is the Schmidt & Bender PMII. Just like the Leupold, there’s a huge variety of magnification ranges available. They are extremely high quality, and are even more expensively priced than the Leupold.

These optics should be saved for the most advanced shooters out there. It is of the highest quality, but you will pay for it.


As you can see, there are quite a few different optics that the military uses. As a reminder, this list was just a beginning. There are a few different optics used on machine guns and grenade launchers, which would make this list even longer.

Another thing to consider is that the answer may be changing from day to day. Especially for special operations units, they often change optics frequently and are using the best and newest stuff available.