Sunday, November 3, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
This weekend I'll be reviewing the Mossberg 930 JM PRO 24 in great detail. In fact, I don't think you'll find a more complete review anywhere unless it was done by Jerry himself. Below is a quick teaser from some of the action that took place last weekend...........ENJOY.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
If you look closely, you'll recognize the Mossberg 930 JM Pro 24" above. Yes, the Jerry Miculek model. You've heard of him, right? This is one of the hardest to find tactical shotguns on the market right now. Why? Well it offers a significant advantage over its competitors in a couple of ways. In my opinion, the Benelli M2, the Remington VersaMax, and the FNH-USA SLP round out the top 4 tactical shotguns on the market right now. Those three have something in common: they cost around twice as much as the JM Pro.
Being familiar with the Mossberg 930 series of shotguns, I was looking to get a JM Pro for the better part of the last year. In fact, if you asked my wife what I wanted for Christmas last year, it was a JM Pro. Despite her best efforts, she couldn't find one available anywhere.
Things have settled down somewhat, but these shotguns are still stinkin' hard to find. I guess me and every other 3-gunner in the country wants one. Here's my quick list of features I think set this shotgun apart:
- Beveled and enlarged loading port: Every 3-gunner knows that this is the first area of the shotgun to get customized. Mossberg takes care of this for you and enlarges the loading port from the factory.
- Nordic magazine extension and barrel clamp: Gives a 9+1 loading capacity.
- Overtravel stop: A small screw behind the trigger allows you to make your trigger a fast as possible for follow-up shots
- Beveled handguard: Also aids in quick reloading by not interfering with the loading hand
- Oversized tactical charging handle: Really nice that it comes from the factory with this, as it saves you a few bucks from having to add a custom part
- Ovesized checkered bolt release button: Again a nice part to come from the factory since it saves you time upgrading this part of the gun.
- Oversized safety: Easier and quicker to engage, and I really like Mossberg's positioning of the safety on the top of the gun, since it is ambidextrous and allows manipulation with the thumb.
- Cost: At right around $725, it blows its comepetition out of the water (All above $1000)
In a nutshell, I think this is the supreme 3-gun shotgun in the category of guns priced less than $1000. In all honesty, I don't think that the extra money you spend on one of its high priced competitors really nets a great advantage as this gun more than holds it on in competition.
Fortunately for me, the JM Pro is available at StrongsideTactical.com and I already added one to my collection. Please check back regularly as I will have a full review posted on the Youtube channel within the next couple of weeks.
Be safe and see you next time.
Friday, October 11, 2013
- "Monoforge" Upper Reciever: The upper receiver and handguard system are one simultaneous piece, improving on strength and accuracy, and reducing weight. The 12" rail is 5% lighter!
- Fully Ambidextrous Lower Receiver: Equally useable for right and left handed shooters, in order to get the most out of their rifle without sacrificing functionality.
- Spiral fluted barrel: reduced weight from the front end of the rifle where it matters most, improves cooling, and improves accuracy
- Self-adjusting piston system: Engineered to cycle a wide range of loads in 5.56 and .223
- Nickel coated trigger group and bolt carrier group
Without a doubt, the M6 IC-SPR is the best LWRC rifle to come down the pipeline so far. It's the perfect mix of the M6 IC and the M6 SPR, as the name would suggest. It takes the best features of each and marries them into one rifle. If you're looking for a new AR-15 that is both extremely accurate, good looking, and reliable, check the M6-IC-SPR out today at StrongSide Tactical.
Be safe and see you next time.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|Bullpups don't suck. Just FYI.|
In case you hadn't noticed, StrongsideTactical.com has undergone some small changes lately. What once was a small online presence offering Teir-1 rifles and accessories has now blossomed into a force of tactical rifles, handguns, shotguns, and all things associated. You can now completely build an AR-15, set up a tactical 3-gun shotgun, find a new carry/duty handgun, outfit your rifle with optics; all by visiting Strongside Tactical. Strongside aims to provide high-quality weapons systems and accessories on the cutting edge of today's technology. For instance, Strongside has recently taken JP Rifles products into the fold and will soon offer complete rifles, some of the most sought-after competition AR-15 rifles available.
Just take one look at the IWI Tavor above and you can see Strongside's dedication to bringing it's customers the newest and innovative QUALITY products in the tactical world. Quality being the operative word. If it's used by our (or Israel's) military and it's been proven to get the job done, you can most likely get it here.
Personally, I started out as a small Youtube channel director who posted shooting videos of me ringing steel with an AR. Blogging and posting for Strongside Tactical has allowed me to immerse myself in writing and producing content about shooting 3-GUN and building rifles, both of which are a sincere passion of mine.
StrongsideTactical.com is really taking off, and I think if you stay tuned you're going to see a couple of REALLY cool developments coming across the pipeline soon. Hint. Hint. Join the Facebook group. Subscribe to the Youtube Channel. Follow the Twitter. Those connected are always rewarded. Trust me.
Be safe and see you next time.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I used to think I was a good shooter. Then I read about THIS GUY.
Holy Moses. In the far reaches of my brain, I don't think I'd have the confidence to shoot a fairly stock Colt 6920 at 1000 yards with IRONS and keep punching an IPSC target over and over.
But, even if you don't want to read the article, the major points to be summarized are these, and I believe them whole-heartedly:
1- The AR-15 is MORE THAN CAPABLE of being a precision instrument in the right hands. This is not a rifle that is constrained to 100 or 200 yards.
2. Ammo matters. Like the author says, we're not all issued ball ammo and required to shoot it! If you want to make your carbine shine, put some SMK 77g match ammo in it and I think you'll be surprised!
3. Shooting irons and 1x power red dots is beginning to become a bit of a lost art, but seeing someone shoot irons at 1000 yards gives me hope. I've always prided myself on being able to shoot accurately with a red dot. Irons at 1000 yards? That's more than impressive.
I got excited reading this. Hopefully you do, too. If you have time, check it out:
What the Colt M4 will do at 1000 yards (link)
Be safe and see you next time.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
If you saw my 3-gun rifle build, by now you know it is a hybrid of mostly VLTOR and JP rifles parts. JP is widely known for promoting the competitive shooting sports and catering to shooters who desire speed and accuracy in their equipment. Now, if my rifle wasn't just the bee's knees already, it's about to get a lot slicker.
I've got a full feature coming on this part on the Youtube channel, including some inside information from JP rifles themselves. But I wanted to mention it here on the blog because I was instantly uber-impressed by the quality of the JP Silent Capture Spring as soon as I took it out of the package.
Shooters who desire fine-tuning ability in their gas and buffer system (i.e. competitive shooters) really need to take a look at this part. I have a good feeling the JP Silent Capture Spring is going in all my AR's.
Be safe and stay tuned for the full feature.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
If you're shooting an AR-15, then more than likely you've already upgraded your trigger or have seriously thought about it. The standard USGI trigger is serviceable, but is very hit or miss and very dependent on manufacturer as far as how good it feels and where it breaks. If you're planning on being a competition shooter (me!) or someone who demands long range accuracy or speed shooting out of your rifle, then maybe it's time to take a look at JP Triggers.
I've been skeptical to install a JP trigger in my rifles since I have understood it to be a complex procedure and I've never seen the need for an adjustible trigger. Previously, I've installed Geissele triggers and CMC triggers into my rifles, which essentially just involved installing parts with no adjustment required.
The JP EZ trigger is called "EZ" because it's supposed to be just that: "An adjustable trigger that installs easily..." I'll give it that, somewhat. If you've been inside an AR-15 a good bit and have built a few rifles like I have, then you have a good understanding of what a trigger group looks like, how it's supposed to be installed, and the relationship of the safety and pistol grip in a trigger installation.
Now, here's the complicated part. The JP EZ trigger has three adjustment screws that must be tightened to the user's preference during installation. I'll give John Paul at JP credit, he includes excellent instructions and a DVD that you can watch repeatedly to get this part right. And let me stress, YOU HAVE TO GET THIS PART RIGHT!
First, you get to choose which hammer spring you want. I went with the red spring (3.5-4.5 pounds pull) since it was described as being reliable with all primers, including hard military 5.56 primers. This being my competition gun and shooting a variety of ammo, I don't want any light strikes. The other spring included is the JP Yellow hammer spring. It was described as being 3-3.5 pounds and possibly too light for hard military primers. This was a no-brainer for me.
|You can see the tip of the disconnector screw at the very front of the disconnector. The frontmost screw is the overtravel adjustment screw.|
After I was finished with the disconnector screw, the hardest part was over. The overtravel adjustment was really easy. I just grabbed another rifle and pulled the trigger to get a feel for normal overtravel on my other triggers, and then I matched the feel on this lower. I then removed the screw and put red loc-tite on it just like I did on the disconnector adjustment screw.
Next, I had to put the locking screw in the safety. The EZ trigger comes with a special safety mechanism that is designed to lock against the trigger group and prevent it from migrating. I installed this actually first of all, but it was pretty standard so I didn't go into any detail here. I tightened the screw all the way down as per the instructions and loc-tited it. Last, I inserted the brass retaining nut into the barrel of the safety mechanism and tightened it down all the way as per the instructions. There was no adjustment in either of these pieces. Last, I installed the safety selector lever on the left side of the lower like any standard lever.
This concluded installation. Next I functioned checked all part of the trigger group and safety with my upper and lower re-assembled. Total time for this install was about 30 minutes, and that includes some time watching the DVD.
|Parts in the kit.|
Overall, this trigger feels AMAZING. Granted, I have just dry fired it about a hundred times due to inability to get to the range, but it blows my other triggers away. I have always known JP triggers to be top-tier, but have been scared of their complexity. The EZ trigger was not that bad to install if you have a working knowledge of AR-15's. I won't say that installation of this trigger is for a beginner, but builders can do this in an hour if they take their time and do it right.
Look for a full installation video to come on the Strongside Youtube Channel and well as some range time when I test its reliability and functionality. You can get the JP EZ trigger HERE.
Be safe and see you next time.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
And guess who's gonna be there. This guy. The renamed "Southeastern 3-GUN Challenge" will take place Dec 6th-8th right next door to Fort Benning in Cusseta, GA. I believe it to be run by the same people, however since I never got to participate in the Fort Benning 3-gun, I don't know for sure. What I do know is that I got in! My best shooting bud and a few local shooters and I are going to be shooting, and this will also hopefully be an opportunity to meet a few of the pro shooters that I occasionally bump into online.
I'm completely crunk about this match. It's my first major match, if it's correct to call it that. I'm gonna have a couple of local matches as a warm-up, but this one promises to be huge! Now to just make sure I don't DQ myself.........I'm actually nervous about that!
Be safe and see you next time