How today's polymer lowers stack up to the traditional gear

FMK Firearms AR-1 Steve Adelmann takes a look at the wave of polymer AR lowers on the market today ...
Polymer AR Lowers
Polymer AR lower receivers are becoming more prevalent, but how do they compare to traditional, aluminum models?

Synthetic materials have been used in firearms manufacturing since the early 20th century. Franzite was one of the first plastic-like materials that replaced hard rubber, wood and ivory grips for a wide variety of handgun models. These materials were relatively inexpensive, durable and could be formed into nearly any shape, texture, style and eventually, color. The lack of aesthetic charm was counterbalanced by practicality. By the 1950s, firearms manufacturers began using similar “space-age” materials for rifle stocks, pistol grips and fore-ends. Most of us have heard about the cool reception the original M16 received from troops forced to trade in their wood and steel M14s for the new aluminum and plastic, small-bore rifles. Heck, senior non-commissioned officers were still referring to them as “toy guns” when I joined the Army in the 1980s.

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From The Shooting Wire - Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU) cadet takes Most Accurate Shooter

Cadet Zach Williams of Weatherford, TexasCorpus Christi, Texas - At the Pirates of Texas Carbine Championship, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit commander, Cadet Zach Williams '16 of Weatherford, Texas was awarded one of the matches most coveted prizes: The Most Accurate Shooter Award.

Cadet Williams, using an Adams Arms COR rifle that was provided to CCMU by Adams Arms as a team sponsor, fired the entire seven stage match and was only an amazing 7 points down at the end of the last stage. More amazing is that Cadet Williams fired his match fast enough to also placed 4th in Limited Division (the largest in the match), and 9th overall among all 128 shooters in all divisions.

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California paper shares the story of discipline & fun found in rifle team

12-year-old Elijah Morton reloads his weapon at a February practice for the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association junior rifle team. Wayne Tilcock/ Enterprise photo
12-year-old Elijah Morton reloads his weapon at a February practice for the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association junior rifle team. Wayne Tilcock/ Enterprise photo
Savannah Holmes of California's Davis Enterprise shares the story of the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association junior rifle team ...
Rifle Team has a blast with competitive shooting
By Savannah Holmes

The muzzle of the gun is pointed straight ahead at the targets — 11, 13, 15, 17. Those are not the distances in yards to the target, but the ages of the kids holding the guns.

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Mountaineers win exclusive Rifle Conference Championship in March Madness prelude

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Oxford, Mississippi - One of the last big matches leading up the NCAA Rifle Championships is the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) tournament. Made up of nine NCAA recognized rifle teams without an NCAA recognized rifle conference, GARC is a power rifle club onto itself. So powerful that three out of the eight teams invited to compete in this year's NCAA Rifle Championships are GARC teams. Now that's muscle.

The 2015 tournament was practically a repeat of the 2014 championships as the University of West Virginia dominated the Air Rifle matches to top Kentucky by a convincing 38 points.

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New intense competition with all firearms and ammunition provided set for September 24-26, 2015

The Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association announces the NRA World Shooting Championship Presented by Magpul, will be held September 24 – 26, 2015 at Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia. The elite event, crowning of the “Undisputed World Shooting Champion,” will feature a prize table and cash awards of more than $250,000.

The NRA World Shooting Championship tests a shooter’s skill set across twelve stages, covering disciplines from virtually every major shooting sport including pistol, rifle, shotgun, and multi gun. Pro, Amateur, and Junior divisions will draw a crowd of the world’s top shooters, casual competitors, and the next generation of competitive shooters.

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From The Shooting Wire - Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit Announces The Easley "Deadeye" Award

Brig. General Claudius M. Easley

College Station, Texas - The Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU), at Texas A&M University, has created a new Trophy to be presented each year at the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) Southwest Winter Regional competition in College Station, TX on February 7th, 2015. The trophy will be known as The Easley "Deadeye" Award.

The Easley "Deadeye" Award is named in honor of Brig. General Claudius M. Easley, USA. and will be presented annually to the High-Scoring Service/Senior Military Academy centerfire team at the SPP Southwest Winter Regional.

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Ballistic shoots for best finished barrel in the industry

Clint Hanson with a Ballistic Advantage rifle at SHOT Show's Media Day in Boulder City, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada - Every fan of Shark Tank knows there are a couple of questions you better have answers for; what were your sales for last year, what's your cost per unit, and what's the cost of customer acquisition. It's usually the customer acquisition question that trips people up. But if you follow the path developed by the boys at Ballistic Advantage, you're sure to have a number that's sure to turn even Mr. Wonderful's head.

"You looked like you wanted to shoot something," Head Armorer Clint Hanson told me. "Thought I would wait to for you to experience what a great product we have before telling you."

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Boulder City Gun Club hosts latest in pistol, rifle, and shotgun design

Targets from the Aimpoint boot during SHOT Show's Media Day

Boulder City, Nevada - Officially, the first day of SHOT Show isn’t really the first day of SHOT Show. That’s tomorrow. But for those of us considered to be part of the media (I know, right?), the Show started today. Today at the Boulder City Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada.

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From USA Shooting - 17th Title in Sight for West Virginia as NCAA Rifle Season Starts Phase 2 of 2014-15 Campaign

The West Virginia University rifle program has done nothing to deter us from thinking a 17th title is well within its grasp with a perfect 8-0 record at the midway point of the NCAA Rifle season. The second-half of the NCAA rifle season got underway this past weekend with two months remaining before the NCAA Rifle Championship.

Having not lost in 23 consecutive matches including two Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) and two NCAA Rifle Championships, the Mountaineers own eight of the top-nine aggregate team scores overall. In both and Air and Smallbore events, they currently have four of the top individual scores with no other school having more than one representative in smallbore and just second-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks showing two in Air.

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