This is my person AR-15. I’m not done tweaking it yet. I’m going to shoot some Olive Drab Green on it, a little brown on it, and some MagPull Flat Dark Earth… But I’m in no hurry to do so. I’ll select color and pattern after I move to NC. Get the local colors there. Going all FDE isn’t going to do me a bit of good out there. And I’m not going to do it in anything fancy like Ceramic empregnated polymer or epoxy based resins or teflon infused bone. None of that. Krylon. Spray on, rattle can, Krylon. Why? To remind me… that this rifle is a Tool and not a Precious Keepsake. The wear on the Krylon will be viewed as Training Badges. Scars gained in activities that develop and teach skills.
Also, I’m going to order a drop in trigger for it – because, to be honest, the trigger is Meh. I was going to order a popular now trigger that starts with a G and no one can pronounce the name the same way twice. But instead, I’m going to order one from “Black Rain”. They have a solid adjustable unit that lets you tune it. I like that.
Instead of taking the time to order put parts together, I just started out with an off the shelf rifle. I selected a Daniel Defense DDM4V7 Light Weight. Then Joe at Crusader Weaponry installed the BattleComp muzzle brake and hit the Bolt Carrier Group with a Permanent treatment of Crusader Weaponry’s SLIPSTREAM lubricant. Makes the gun run slick and snot, and it feels like a .22LR when shooting.
Here you can see the BCG better. The Slipstream gives it a satin grey finish… nothing flashy or “pimped out” about it. It’s just slick. If you hand cycle it slowly, you can actually feel the bolt lock and unlock within the action. On top of the rifle is the Lucid HD7 Gen 3 FDE optic. Backing it up is a set of MagPul flip up sights… which is kinda pointless as the Lucid is bullet proof and the batteries last forever.
I’ve thought about putting an upgraded optic on it… something “Better”. But looking at the so called better options… I’m really not seeing any Red Dots that qualify as tangibly better. I’d have to go all the way up to the Trijicon SRS… and those suckers retail for over 900 bucks, for only some sort of perceived “Betterness”. Yeah, I’d rather spend all that extra coin on ammo.
If I do switch off this optic… it would only be for something that was magnified Perhaps in a 1-4 variable. But to be honest, nothing as really sold me to justify the swap. Vortex has a PST 1-4 something or other that looks cool, but has huge unprotected turrets that can easily get spun unintentionally. Forget that. Yeah, I’m happy with the Lucid HD7’s. They define “Bang for the buck” value.
Oleg Volk has been sent one of our Broadsword rifles, the same one that Rob Pincus as just tested. Yes, the Broadsword really does look that cool. In fact, it can be cooler yet, because we can do your Broadsword in whatever colors you want. Coyote Tan. Flat Dark Earth. Murder Black. Our Signature Gray. Ogre Green. Whatever you want.
The Broadsword rifle from Crusader Weaponry. A 762 that shoots like a 556. Rugged, reliable, and deadly accurate. This is the best 762 AR type weapon on the planet, bar none. If you buy anything else, you have made a mistake.
In the picture is the Broadsword wearing Diamondhead sights and an Elcan optic which are not included, but one could consider them “Serving Suggestions”. I would suggest these highly, as I would also suggest perhaps a 6x ACOG.
Both Joe and I will be going to SHOT SHOW 2013. While there, we will be interviewed by a pretty big magazine in the gunslinger community. We will be making contacts, taking names, and generally kicking ass. I’ll be interviewing some people, taking pics and vids and such. A group of Bloggers are going to be meeting for a lunch one of the days there. It’s going to be a blast.
On YouTube I watched a video by a fellow named James Yeager about how there is no such thing as One Rifle for everything. He calls it a myth.
I call Bullshit on that.
History is full of instances where a man has just one rifle and did everything with it, just fine. Survived to tell the tale. James Yeager is free to express his own opinions, but he is not free to his own Facts. US History, be it Frontier History, Western Expansion, Wild West, Military History… what ever kind of history you want to call it. Only in our Modern Email Era do we enjoy having more than one rifle for different purposes.
In this Modern Era, the late Colonel Jeff Cooper considered a One Rifle concept and called it the “Scout”. His Scout Rifle Concept is a proven winner. Steyr manufactured their Scout with Jeff’s blessing and assistance. And it pretty much did what was promised. Now Ruger and Savage are making Factory Scout Rifles with pretty good success.
Any one of these would make for a fine “One Rifle” solution.
Historically, the One Rifle has been a Winchester Lever Action in .30-30, .32 Special or the like. Today a good solid and smooth cycling Lever Action is truly a thing of joy. There are few things you can’t do with a .30-30. I’ve even killed an Elk with one at 200 yards, and I’m sure I’m not the only person in history to have done so.
Today’s Rifleman though is packing an AR. The Black Rifle has gone mainstream… and for many new shooters, the AR is The One. The AR-15 might be kind of light for a One Rifle, but an AR-10 type rifle gives you some considerable advantages in terminal performance on big game.
After some consideration, I’m thinking a new One Rifle is more than doable. Let’s do that AR platform in .308. Let’s hit it with a light weight, 16″ True Polygonal Rifled Barrel, and let’s give it some lightweight furniture with an adjustable stock. Simple, Clean, and effective in most any situation. Give it an adjustable 1-4 power optic. Give it a tough finish, resistant to abrasion and corrosion.
Contact CrusaderWeaponry.com to order you a Crusader One Rifle.
Crusader Weaponry can build you the best AR you’ll ever own – for not much more than the cost of a production AR with the features you want.
Go to CrusaderWeaponry.com. Hit the Contact Page. Send Joe a message and tell him you want the best damn rifle ever made… Pick your Caliber. Pick your Configuration – you tell us how you want your AR. Pick your Finish. And Joe will give you the quote. It’s easy. To make it easier, we have an Installment Plan. Tell Joe you want to set up your Crusader Account. You pay what you can when you can… We’ll help you get the gun you want. Even if it takes you a year to pay for it – We’ll work with you.
We also do custom Glocks and Shotguns. This OD Green 870 is Available. 749.99 gets it shipped to your Dealer or if you are in Utah, you can pick it up. This is one seriously badass Shotgun. A local fellow got one of these guns, in Coyote Tan. He brought it out to the Range. Firing it – holy crap – it’s so smooth and can cycle so fast it was like I was running a Semi. Amazing.
Time to get Serious. Time to get a Crusader.
If you already have an AR that isn’t a Crusader. You can still get SLIPSTREAM. You will be amazed at the difference. At the last Crusader Tactical Carbine course, some guns were running Slipstream and some were not. The Slipstreamed guns had no problems. The others… Hell, even an AK jammed out here in our dusty dirty gritty hot as hell training location. Slipstream made all the difference.
The subject of Lever Action Rifles has been stirring a lot more emotions lately. And it’s not my fault. I blame Tracy for this. Tracy is a local cowboy out here that comes out to Crusader Training using his Lever Action rifles.
To run a Lever defensively, you need not all the modern accessories… the gun is serviceable as is. You needn’t run it with your support hand far out in front as is the modern style. These are not modern guns so you keep your support hand in a location where you find balance and support to work the action. You run it under the same theories as you run your tactical shotguns… fire one, reload one. Fire two, reload two. Keep the gun topped off as much as possible. Standard rifle tactics apply other wise. I find it best to keep ammo not in individual loops like is popular, but in a pouch so you can carry more ammo in bulk rather than a small fixed amount. I like to keep this pouch on the Strong Side, not the Support side like is popular with Shotguns. Reason being is that it’s easier to reload with your Strong Hand than it is the Support Hand. Easier and more efficient. This might be counter to other’s doctrine, but this is what has been working for me for some time now.
Winchester pattern guns or Marlin pattern guns both have their Pro’s and Con’s and one is not clearly better than the other in Rifle Calibers. But I must say that I am quiet fond of the Winchester 92 Pattern guns for Pistol Calibers. But that’s just a Flavor Preference and not a Technical one. I do like the ability to drop a cartridge into the open top if you’ve run the gun dry.
As far as caliber selections… you can argue the benefits of all the options. .44, .45, .357 and such… all fine and well. I’m fond of the .45-70 for my Big Medicine. But don’t discount the Classic .30-30 Win. Ammo is cheap enough an it’s enough gun to drop an Elk let alone Deer or Assorted Baddies. And as far as trajectory goes, the .30-30 offers about the best there is. Especially with LEVERevolution ammo from Hornady.
Crusader Weaponry will be teaching a Lever Action Focus Course in the near future. If you are interested and serious about training with us… Post such below and Emails will be kept for organizing the class. We’re looking at this Fall.
You guys are familiar with Crusader Weaponry’s custom rifles and Slipstream Weapon Lubricant.
But what else can Crusader do for you?
How about transform your old shotgun into a new top end tactical shotgun? If you have an old rusty 870 or 500, send it to Crusader. You will be stunned with the gun you get back! It will look better than new, run better than new and very well could become your most favorite gun ever.
You have a fun little Rimfire? A Ruger 10/22 or an M&P15-22? Crusader can really trick those out. Turn your old .22 into a sweet zombie gun you will love to shoot and show off.
But what is the best thing Crusader can do for your existing gun? Joe is a specialist on the M14/M1A type rifle. He doesn’t talk about them very often because he’s talking about other guns mostly these days – but the man is an M14 Artist. He can make yours sing and dance.
Moly in Firearms has been a popular topic of debate in the Gunverse. It has good lubrication properties, but it also has some problems. The main problem that I’ve seen is that molybdenum disulfide offers a road into the metal for corrosion. Moly is hydroscopic. This means it attracts and retains moisture right out of the air. Moisture will attract grit as well, and this can increase the friction you are trying to get rid of. This is less than ideal. This was explained to me by the late Gale McMillan. So if you are going to argue with him, you had best know more about rifle accuracy than him.
A lot of people are using Moly on their bullets. This can increase velocity, help accuracy… and that’s a good thing. Probably the best use of Moly when it comes to firearms. Unfortunately Moly gets hard (it’s a crystalline mineral after all) and builds up. This leads to problems, reduced accuracy, and irregular bore wear… which can ruin your rifle.
I’ve got a lot of emails from people who are guessing that Slipstream is Moly. Gundoc put it best. “Moly is for Chumps.” No. We do not use Graphite or Moly. Or a Mixture of the two. We don’t like Moly.
I know a lot of Shooters who insist that Good Old WD-40 is all they need. Maybe it does a lot of things well. Okay, I know it does a lot of things well… But Firearms, fishing reels, locks, is not something you want to use it on, because it gets gummy after awhile. Read this. All the way to the end. Do you really want that in your gun? Seriously? You can think of nothing better?
Okay, we all know WD-40 doesn’t really have any Fish Oil in it. But the fact remains that it’s a Water Displacement product that functions as a poor cleaner and an even worse lubricant. I’ve been told by a lot of old school gunsmiths that they always use WD-40. That’s fine. But these guys were not really good gunsmiths. The better gunsmiths that I know, will use Kroil. It gets under the gunk, rust, and stuck parts because unlike WD-40, Kroil is a Penetrating Oil. And it’s awesome for that. I’ve used it myself working on several firearms… most recently one of my own 870’s. It’s a liquid tool and does it’s job well for what it’s for. But again, it’s not a great Lubricant. If you want a good Lubricant, use Slipstream.