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3 Things You Should Know Before Buying an AR-15

Firearms, like other tools, fulfill a specific application for the user. If you wanted to nail deck boards down, you’d pull out your nail gun. If you are looking to go hunting, target shooting or home defense, you would choose an AR-15. The AR-15 serves many purposes, it is extremely customizable and can be a showpiece of individuality along with being a hard-working firearm.

Every collector needs a signature AR-15 set up to their specifications, and anyone looking for a versatile firearm should consider a Stag Arms rifle.

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Topics: AR-15 Magazines, AR-15, AR-15 Rifles

The Evolution of Major Firearm Actions

For some, it is hard to believe that firearms have actually been around for almost 1000 years. The earliest reports of firearms date back to the 13th century and gained prominence over the next few centuries.

Of course, those primitive firearms, while revolutionary in their time, pale in comparison to the innovations in firearm technology that would follow.

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Topics: AR-15, Firearm Technology, AR-15 Rifles

What is the Difference Between a Drop-In Handguard and a Free Float Handguard?

When it comes to firearms, not much is quite as important as ensuring that your gun is a safe, comfortable fit. Due to their design, drop-in handguards are only held in place by pressure from the delta ring assembly and the handguard cap, so they tend to move a bit when installed.

In contrast, free-floating handguards won’t move at all when installed securely to the barrel nut and don’t touch the barrel at all. We will compare the benefits of each style of handguard below.

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Topics: AR-15 Accessories, AR-15, AR-15 Handguards

Why Can’t I Have a Firearm Sent to My Home?

Many firearm enthusiasts believe that it's impossible to send firearms through the mail. While this is not completely correct, there are many strict regulations that do pose significant hurdles to shipping firearms. In addition to federal laws targeting illegal firearms trafficking, shippers must also comply with applicable state laws, as well as the rules of the carrier.

Because dealers and carriers are responsible for complying with the law, they will often refuse to ship firearms in situations that may technically be legal to avoid unintentionally breaking the law.

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Topics: AR-15, Firearm Restrictions, Mailing Firearms

Stag Arms Product Review: Samson Field Survivor (Piston & Standard)

Out in the field or on the range, it pays to be prepared. Nothing puts the brakes on an enjoyable time like a small performance snafu in the form of a broken shell or an overload of carbon. Packing the Samson Field Survivor ensures that preparation is complete in order to take care of those little emergencies that tend to crop up.

Much more convenient than a gear kit that hangs on a belt or needs to be stored in a pack, the Samson Field Survivor keeps everything right in the palm of your hand. Designed with a stainless steel mechanism that is patent pending, this multi-tool system stores right in the pistol grip of a standard A2 or a Hogue AR Rev 2 grip. Quick and easy to use while on the move or hunkered down low, simply put it inside the base and twist it to lock into place.

Think of the Samson Field Survivor as being the Swiss army knife for the gun set. Virtually every tool that might be needed for a quick repair or maintenance job is right there. With plenty of room for clearance, each tool easily pulls out of its storage slot to facilitate ease of use. Each tool stores flush against the base for a streamlined effect that reduces its size.

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Topics: AR-15, Stag Arms, Samson Field Survivor

What did Stag Arms do in 2013?

Here is a look back at 2013:
  • Team Stag Arms fought extremely hard on the state and national level for 2nd amendment rights including TV interviews, talking to reporters, press releases, closing the factory for a day to go to the state capitol, and more.
  • Worked with dealers in states where bans were going into effect to ship them as many rifles and lowers as possible before the cutoff dates so that every customer who wanted an AR-15 could have one before it was too late.

  • Single point sling attachment end plates are now included on all rifles with an adjustable buttstock at no additional cost.

  • Implemented a brand new web store which allows customers to customize their purchases and make ordering easier.

  • Modified our lifetime rifle warranty to be transferable and retroactive for all rifles we have manufactured – the best warranty in the business.

  • Online warranty registration is available for rifles, lowers, and upper halves.
  • Increased sales, customer service, and shipping staff to get you your orders faster.
  • Sponsored and supported a top ranked 3-gun competition team.
  • Shipped more rifles and products than ever before.
  • Sponsored many major and minor shooting matches and events such as the Friends of the NRA Banquets.
  • Started offering gift cards for sale on our webstore.
  • Introduced new items such as ambi charging handles, stag winter hats, and more..
  • Started offering free printable targets to our customers on our website. 
  • Released state by state descriptions and pictures of how our rifles can be modified to be legal in every state in the nation.
  • Hosted numerous Facebook and online contests with no cost of entry.
  • Increased production even further to keep up with demand while keeping our high standard of quality.
  • Hired a new receiving/service manager who has 95% of repairs completed and sent out within two business days of them coming through our door.
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Topics: AR-15, Stag Arms

What is the Difference Between the STAG-15 and the STAG-16?

Stag Arms uses the designation of STAG-15 and STAG-16 as rifle designations instead of AR-15 and M-16 due to them being trademarks of another manufacturer.

Side by side, the STAG-15 and the STAG-16 look quite similar, to the point that many affirm they are the same rifle with a different name.  

Nothing can be further from the truth, starting with the fact that the STAG-15, which is targeted mainly at civilian users, is a semi-automatic rifle, while the STAG-16, which is used by police and military, is a select fire rifle which can shoot in a semi-automatic mode, burst mode, or in a fully automatic mode.

STAG-16’s and all other select fire, burst fire, and fully automatic firearms have been strictly regulated since 1934 and no new firearms of these types have been permitted for sale to private owners since 1986. Possession of any select fire, burst, or fully automatic parts except for the bolt carrier are illegal unless the firearm is already privately owned and registered with the NFA branch of the ATF.

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Topics: Stag-15, Stag-16, AR-15

Cleaning Your AR-15: Bore Snake or Cleaning Rod?

If you are a responsible firearm owner, you understand that proper care and maintenance of your firearms is essential if you want to maintain them at peak accuracy and functionality throughout their lifetime.

Cleaning the firearm after use is one of the most important parts of maintenance, particularly if you own larger or more complex pieces, such as an AR-15.

There are two popular methods available for cleaning: bore snakes and cleaning rods. Does one offer superior performance over the other? Let’s investigate:

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Topics: AR-15, AR-15 Cleaning Kit

The difference between Gas Piston and Direct Impingement technology for an AR-15

The AR-15 Rifle, while eminently customizable, carries with it a few conundrums. One is the choice of operating system; do you get a model which uses gas piston technology, or the more traditional direct impingement?

Fans of the gas piston will state that impingement models are prone to jamming and often foul easily. Fans of the impingement model will call gas piston tech mechanically unsound. Who is correct, and what is the real difference between the model types here?

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Topics: AR-15, Gas Piston AR-15

The History of the AR-15 – America’s Most Popular Rifle Design

The AR-15 design was originally invented in the years following World War II as a direct response to the evolving needs of infantry soldiers. The Operations Research Office of the Army had determined that they needed a low recoil firearm which would have a decent capacity to fire small projectiles.

The Winchester Repeating Arms Company, the Springfield Armory, and ArmaLite all developed prototype firearms, with ArmaLite’s offering being the now-famous AR-15 rifle.

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Topics: AR-15, AR-15 Rifles

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