All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.



Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!

3/12/2013

For the AR Guys

I found this article

What these guys did was preform a controlled torture test on 4 identical AR-15's with 4 different types of ammo.  The test was quite amazing and the results were quantified in a scientific and very useful manner.

Our team decided to try something ambitious and daunting: to provide the best resource and data available to answer these questions once and for all through objective experimentation and observation.
We realize this is a lofty and borderline arrogant goal. We’ve done our best. Please keep reading to see if you agree.
Here’s what we did:
    We acquired four identical Bushmaster AR-15 rifles. We chose the Bushmaster MOE Series AR-15 because it’s a widely available, affordable, and mass-market. We didn’t want something too cheap and of lower quality or something too expensive and of high quality since our goal is to help the most number of people.
  • We paired each ammunition type with a specific Bushmaster AR-15 and then fired all 10,000 rounds of it through that particular carbine (except for Tula; more on that below)
  • We systematically observed and tested various things, including (more details below):
    • At the start: accuracy, velocity, chamber and gas port pressures, chamber cast
    • After 2,000 rounds: accuracy, velocity
    • After 4,000 rounds: accuracy, velocity
    • After 5,000 rounds: throat erosion, chamber cast
    • After 6,000 rounds: accuracy, velocity
    • After 8,000 rounds: accuracy, velocity
    • After 10,000 rounds: accuracy, velocity, chamber and gas port pressures, throat erosion, extractor wear, chamber cast, barrel wear
  • We logged every malfunction of every rifle-ammo combination
  • The rifles were cleaned according to a preset schedule and temperatures were monitored and kept within acceptable limits (more below)
  • We sectioned the barrels and otherwise made unique observations after the test was complete.
 Obviously the report is much longer.  If you are an AR guy and you buy ammo, please take a look at this report.  They did great work and I think you'll find the information they complied very useful.  If anyone has contact with Professor Hale, please send him this, its right up his alley.

4 comments:

  1. Yeah I saw this a couple months ago. I probably should have did a post myself.

    Interesting that shooting wolf or tula will wreck your barrel, but it is still cheaper to shoot them and replace the barrel periodically.

    The nutty professor is here:
    http://newrebeluniv.wordpress.com/

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  2. Thanks for the link.

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  3. This is good stuff. i also liked the dust test. I really appreciate that people do this sort of testing at their own expense, so i don't have to. That sort of results are much better than normal internet lore.

    --Hale

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  4. I was surprised to find how comprehensive the test was and how well they did documenting it.

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