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So, What’s Up With 7.62X39 MM In AR Rifles?





” There’s a modern trend going on with a retro cartridge these days. Evidence of it can be found in the SIG Sauer 556R (rumored to have been developed at the behest of a specific high-speed military customer) and then there is the brand new CMMG MK47 Mutant. Essentially these are Western SIG or AR-based rifles or carbines chambered for the 7.62×39 mm cartridge that do not come with the limitations of the AK-47 platform—but do employ the AK magazine. And, for military operators, there is less of training curve (which is somewhat important for guys who train all the time). I was once told regarding such guns, “There are times and places you just don’t want to leave Lake City 5.56 on the deck.” That is but one explanation as to why we are seeing more and more contemporary AR-style rifles chambered for the Soviet M43 cartridge.”




” Originally developed for use on the Germans during World War II (December 1943), the cartridge we know as the 7.62×39 mm cartridge was first used by the Red Army in the Simonov SKS carbine in 1945 and then became almost synonymous with the world’s most produced firearm, the Avtomat Kalashnikova or AK-47. If being 71 years old does not qualify a cartridge for “retro” I’m not sure what would.

  But it turns out the 7.62×39 mm has many advantages for civilians as well. First of all, with a bullet designed for expansion, it is a pretty good short- to medium-range hunting cartridge. You doubt me? Ballistically, it delivers similar performance to the venerable .30-30 Win. No one doubts the hunting credentials of that cartridge. And the 7.62×39 mm offers intermediate .30-cal. power out of the basic AR platform, on the cheap.”





” Bill Ruger recognized the cartridge’s potential when he introduced his Mini-30 carbine back in 1987. And, of course, Colt started chambering its Sporter in 7.62×39 mm in 1992 (although neither of those used an AK magazine), and other makers have followed suit since. ArmaLite, Bushmaster, Del Ton, Doublestar, DPMS, MGI Olympic and Rock River have offered complete rifles and/or uppers for the AR platform in 7.62×39 mm. No doubt there are others; likely with more on the way. “


American Rifleman










Italians ‘Outraged’ By US Weapons Ad Featuring Michelangelo’s David With A Sniper Rifle



” A US weapons firm that turned Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece – the David statue – into a gun-toting musketeer have come shot down by officials in Italy, with the country’s culture minister calling the move ‘offensive and illegal’.”





” Illinois-based weapon manufacturer ArmaLite used the iconic image of David in a new advertising campaign, manipulating the statue to make it appear to be holding a $3,300 AR-50A1 rifle.

  The accompanying tagline reads: ‘A work of art.’ “

Daily Mail has more










Daily Video 11.5.13

Armalite AR-30 .338 Lapua Magnum – Rex Reviews (Quick Look)




Published on Oct 7, 2013

” In this informal review video, Rex takes a quick look at Armalite’s AR-30A1 rifle in .338 Lapua Magnum. 
The Armalite AR-30 rifle is essentially a scaled-down version of the much larger AR-50 and is available in three cartridges; the .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua. In this review, Rex gives you a quick look at the rifle and gives you an idea of the out-of-the-box performance one can expect from this rifle. We hope to get in more time on the Vortex PST optic soon so we can do a thorough review of that. 

Thank you for your donations to the Rex Reviews Project! We hope these videos continue to be a great help to you all.

All the music in this video was created by TiborasaurusRex, an unsigned artist. 

Song Title: Wadi Watir
Music and Lyrics by: TiborasaurusRex
Instrumentation and Vocals by: TiborasaurusRex
Recorded by: TiborasaurusRex”








The M16 (Assault Rifle) – Modern Marvels – History Channel Documentary

” The M16 rifle, officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is the United States military version of the AR-15 rifle. The rifle was adapted for semi-automatic, three-round burst, and full-automatic fire. Colt purchased the rights to the AR-15 from ArmaLite, and currently uses that designation only for semi-automatic versions of the rifle. The M16 fires the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge. The rifle entered United States Army service and was deployed for jungle warfare operations in South Vietnam in 1963, becoming the U.S. military’s standard service rifle of the Vietnam War by 1969, replacing the M14 rifle in that role. The U.S. Army retained the M14 in CONUS, Europe, and South Korea until 1970. Since the Vietnam War, the M16 rifle family has been the primary service rifle of the U.S. armed forces.

The M16 has also been widely adopted by other militaries around the world. Total worldwide production of M16s has been approximately 8 million, making it the most-produced firearm of its caliber. In 2010, the M16 began to be phased out in the U.S. Army and is being supplemented by the M4 carbine, which is itself a shortened derivative of the M16A2.

The history of the m16 that held the 5.56mmx45mm round. Talks about the development of the firearm through the vietnam era to modern day.”



” Funded by Mark Westrom, owner of ArmaLite, a gun manufacturer, the video was filmed in Feb. Campbell, a police officer since 1979, made it a point to note that he wasn’t paid for the project and that he narrated the video out of love for the Second Amendment. He hopes that viewers will watch it and, based on the information, make an educated decision for themselves regarding the magazine capacity issue.”


” A video featuring Sheriff Ken Campbell of Boone County, Ind., is capturing the attention of gun enthusiasts who have consistently argued that capping magazine sizes will do very little to save American lives. In a 14-minute instructional and debunk clip, Campbell narrates why a ban on high-capacity magazine sizes is ineffective, showcasing — through examples — the idea’s purported deficiencies. In an interview with TheBlaze, he explained the video’s purpose and detailed his views on the current gun control debate.

When asked whether capping magazine sizes would saves lives, Campbell was forthright in sharing his views with TheBlaze.

“I think it’s a great fallacy to believe that it would,” he said candidly. “You’ve got a standard capacity versus a 10 round. From a citizen standpoint…all we’re doing is making it more difficult for [people] to defend themselves against bad guys.” “




Magpul Goes Bad. Update: Magpul Responds And Our Reply.


Image Courtesy Of gunssavelife.com*





” While nearly 100 companies have pledged to hold all purchasers of firearms and accessories to the standard of what’s available to everyday civilians, in what’s commonly known as the New York boycottArmalite and now Magpul have taken an opposing stand.  (See also The Police Loophole.)

The good folks at Magpul have instead sided with Armalite against freedom and law-abiding American firearm owners – and what’s more, they’ve one-upped Armalite in their sales practices!

According to their sales manager Justin Beard in a post at AR15.com, Justin Beard wrote:

The answer is yes, our Distributors are allowed to sell to LEOs in ban states. Our founder has also said regarding LEO restrictions, “We have not considered such a move as we are not convinced that this tactic will have any effect on those in power (they will just buy Israeli or some other generic parts). It also adversely punishes street cops, local sheriffs and individual military members for the actions of those in power. The last thing we want to do is hurt those who support our cause.”

So, we see that we can support Law Enforcement and Military members while standing up for our convictions and will continue to do everything in our power to protect our inherent rights.

[Emphasis added.]

Yes, indeed.  The last thing they want to do is hurt those who support “our” cause.

Apparently to Magpul, that means supporting those who will enforce unconstitutional restrictions on our Second Amendment rights.

As we said, Magpul has one-upped Armalite and to add insult to injury, not only are they selling their products that are banned to civilian ownership to law-enforcement in those restrictive locales, they have established an express lane for law enforcement “professionals” to get their standard-capacity PMAGs right away…  even law enforcement officers in restrictive locations such as New York which now ban sales of standard capacity magazines to civilians.

These law enforcement “professionals” will use these PMAGs in the course of the job-related activities to arrest and prosecute gun owners who were law-abiding at the end of 2012 but no longer.

Military and law-enforcement can order up to ten PMAGs in this “express lane”.



  Read the whole thing . It includes a detailed response from Magpul along with a Fisking of that response which provides food for thought regarding Magpul’s true loyalties . Increasingly those loyalties are seeming to lie with the almighty dollar rather than the 2nd Amendment . 

* Try as we might , we couldn’t locate this special offer page on Magpul’s webpage . We assume that they’ve decided to somehow reduce the visibility of that special LEO offer .











” Last Friday TheBlaze reported on a growing list of gun manufacturers and retailers who had stopped selling to law enforcement in states that were enacting stringent new gun laws.

There is one arms maker that has gotten attention for publicly stating that they will not be pressured into stopping sales to law enforcement. That company is ArmaLite.”





Bullwater Enterprises
Westfork Armory
Smith Enterprise
Alex Arms
Spike’s Tactical
Quality Arms
Liberty Suppressors
Doublestar Corp
American Spirit Arms
Trident Armory
Head Down Products
J&G Sales

Is This The Next GI Rifle? (1957)(9 Photos)

Read the entire article at the link , including more pictures .