Why You Can Continue to Buy and Build Until July 1, 2018 (Understanding California’s AB 857)

Understanding California’s AB 857

UNDERSTANDING CALIFORNIA’S AB 857!  Many of you have been asking questions about Gunmaggedon.  There has been a misunderstanding that the recent enforcement of SB 880 and AB 1135 applies to the 80% Lower Market.  It does not! The rules around the 80% market are set to change under AB 857, a bill intended to stop … Read more

6061-T6 or 7075-T6: Pros, Cons, and Decisions By Brian McCombie

6061-T6 or 7075-T6

Those of us who build our own AR’s invariably come across the debate: should I use upper and lower receivers made from 6061-T6 or 7075-T6 aluminum? For many, it’s a no brainer. 7075-T6, right, because 7075-T6 is mil-spec for M4 Carbine uppers and lowers, as determined by the U.S. Military. Right? Not so fast. While 7075-T6 has … Read more

AR-15’s for Deer and Hog Hunting? You Bet!

AR-15’s for deer and hog hunting

AR-15’s for Deer and Hog Hunting?  Every fall, the same argument gets churning in the chatrooms and on the hunting websites: is an AR-15 chambered in .223 Rem/5.56 NATO “enough gun” for deer and hog hunting? The short answer: Hell, yes! Despite the nay sayers–and there are many–thousands of hunters fil their deer tags with … Read more

Understanding Twist Rate for the 5.56

Understanding Twist Rate for the 5.56

Matching bullet weight to twist rate is vital for maximum accuracy. How do you know which twist rate is right for you? In the 1960’s, when the 5.56×45 and the accompanying AR platform debuted, but rifles had barrels with twist rates of 1:14 inches, or one full rifling twist for every 14 inches of barrel. … Read more

Lowers! Billet vs. Forged – What’s Best?

Billet vs. Forged

AWC offers a variety of Billet and Forged 80% AR-15 lowers, which should you choose? There’s plenty of lively discussion about the pros and cons of each. Why the difference in price? Which is strongest? Which is lightest? What grade of aluminum should you look for? The discussion and debate seems to never end. This short … Read more