Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Liberty Safe Safelert Monitoring System Review

Liberty Safe Safelert Monitoring System Review


Long… long before I picked up a Liberty Fatboy Safe, I ran the numbers on full insurance costs for my valuables and I was shocked, stocked, and appalled. The break even on the Liberty Fatboy was an easy decision. With all my valuables tucked away inside my safe, the next question is how would I know if someone accessed or accessing my safe no matter where I am? Liberty has the answer with their new Safelert Monitoring System.


Liberty of course should be a name you know as “the” name in personal safes as the largest safe manufacturer in the world. My only recommendation on safes is to go for the biggest safe you can afford, because you will absolutely fill it up.  


The Safelert Monitoring System is a lot of cool complex capabilities wrapped up in a very simple user interface (if you read the directions). Imagine your wife pulling one of her Dooney and Bourke purses from the safe and the instant she opens the safe you receive a SMS text or email of the event. That is exactly what the Elertus powered Liberty Safelert Monitoring system does. However the system does even more including alerts when the door is opened or closed, movement (tampering), “hot” and “cold” temperature thresholds, humidity (water and flooding), and battery low warning.


FIT, FINISH, FEEL, & FEATURES
The Safelert system is a roughly a 2” wide x 3” tall clear polycarbonate box with a circuit board and blinky lights inside.  It looks good and takes up very little space when mounted just inside the door.


Inside the Safelert is a lot of sophisticated capabilities. On top of being able to measure door opening and closing, movement (tampering), “hot” and “cold” temperature thresholds, humidity (water and flooding), and battery low warning, the unit is wifi enabled for connectivity to your wifi network to transmission of alerts through the Safelert system.


Along with the instructions in the box is a wifi antenna extender which can be used if the Safelert system does not have a high enough signal strength when enclosed in the safe. I did not have to use the optional included wifi antenna.


FUNCTIONS
Following the setup instructions was a simple affair, however I did miss the onscreen note that there was a verification email that was sent out. I would note that the process is really super easy, however clearly not idiotproof - after all this idiot stumped himself at one stage during signup.  Basically pop in the batteries and follow the included initial setup instructions which links your computer to the onboard Safelert wifi for initial configuration. After that, the instructions transition you to validate your email address, I missed that part, and then finish configuration on the Liberty Safelert site. Your new Safelert system performs a sync to the Liberty remote system within about 30 minutes. From start to finish, you can have your Safelert system installed and configured within about 45 minutes.


The Safelert system is $199 + a required annual monitoring fee. The annual fees range from 3 YEARS - $39.95 a year, 2 YEARS - $49.95 a year, 1 YEAR - $59.95 a year.  I purchased the 3-year option and completed the registration.

At any time, the user can customize the trigger points to receive alerts. So let’s say  you want to set triggers for a certain humidity and temperature, you could, and could enable or disable door open/closed alert. I enabled everything initially including SMS alert, however I did tune the alert a bit over time and dropped some SMS alerts.  The system will even tell you when to replace the included batteries or wireless signal.  Safelert even provides weekly status reports of key trigger points. You can mount a rather obvious Safelert Warning Sticker, however I rather not advertise that I am monitoring the safe.


FINAL THOUGHTS
The Pandemic household has many levels of home intrusion and burglary protection, however I had no idea when or if someone had tampered or access my beloved Liberty safe; the Safelert provides that report and a huge piece of mind. The system works, is easy to set up, and far less expensive than full insurance coverage of everything of value typically stored in a safe. One of the more handy features is the SMS text message direct to your phone, and/or email message alerts. They key here is that you can tune the alerts to your needs, on/off, enabled/disabled, thresholds and how to receive the alerts - you can can your safe protection exactly how you want it. Very cool accessory that adds another layer of security to your home security strategy.

SPECS
Safelert system is $199 

Required annual monitoring fee:
3 YEARS - $39.95 a year
2 YEARS - $49.95 a year
1 YEAR - $59.95 a year


SOURCES



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Glock 20SF 10mm Pistol Review

Glock 20SF 10mm Pistol Review
Hunting with a Glock


First and foremost the venerable Glock image is thought of as a defensive firearm. In fact many experts consider it "the" defensive pistol design and that title is well earned and deserved. Over the last decade Glock has also become synonymous with high speed sport shooting competitions from bone stock to wild and ready to rock. One area Glock is rarely thought of is as a hunting outdoorsman's pistol, however the G20 is without a doubt extraordinarily well equipped for that task and has been marketed by Glock as a hunting pistol for nearly a decade.

I may be in the minority as someone who hunts with my Glock 17 and 19 pistols. The gun is plenty accurate at pistol hunting distances and does a fabulous job on jackrabbits with standard FMJ without destroying the meat.


The 9mm, .40 S&W, and 45ACP are all fine calibers, however not what I would consider humane hunting rounds on larger deer sized game, however this is where the 10mm Auto round is perfect. The 10mm Auto, or just 10mm for short delivers a sizable 556 ft/lbs of energy similar to .357 magnum. Glock’s G20 format 15-rounds on tap which delivers almost three revolvers full of ammo. The reality though is that the SAMI spec'ed 10mm cartridge can be far more powerful such as we see on the Buffalo Bore Heavy 10mm Ammo. Buffalo Bore is famous for delivering big powerhouse round and their 180 gr. Jacketed Hollow Point  delivers 1,350fps and 728 ft. lbs of energy which is equal to what most see from most typical sane .44 Magnum rounds. So why the big difference between the power range? 


BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 10MM AUTO
The development of the 10mm round is actually an interesting story which dates back to the 1970s. The idea was for a high power flat shooting semi-auto cartridge that would run in a 1911 format pistol which would basically deliver .357 to .44 Magnum (midweight loads) ballistics. In the end Jeff Cooper, yes the scout rifle guy, was involved in the development at which point Norma began producing ammunition in the early 1980s. The FBI felt a little outgunned on the streets and briefly adopted the 10mm round, but with the full bore kick ass loads that were first released.  


The reality was 90% of the agents felt uncomfortable shooting and handling the larger dimensioned and significantly more powerful 10mm powered guns.  The ammo manufacturers responded with the 10mm Lite rounds which in essence dropped the power all the way down to about .40 S&W loads however the FBI and the public wanted a smaller format with less power than what the 10mm round delivered. Smith & Wesson though this was a waste of un-used powder space on the longer 10mm brass and developed a 10mm Short or what we now know as the .40 S&W.  The round delivered everything the FBI specs wanted in a format that would fit in a smaller 9mm sized pistol format.


The current crop of 10mm rounds from Hornady and other are not neutered to the degree the "LITE" rounds were, however they could certainly be loaded hotter as we see with the higher power 1,350fps and 728 ft. lbs of energy Buffalo Bore rounds.  The current 10mm rounds are still much more powerful than the .40 S&W.  .40 S&W usually deliver around 450Ft/lbs of energy and the normal off the shelf 10mm Auto loads typically delivery around 550 ft/lbs which is a nearly 20% more power.


Today the 10mm cartridge still does have a following in Special forces and Special Law Enforcement and is growing as a hunting cartridge due to the capacity of the firearm and power. It is a favorite pistol for those hunting hogs and venturing into bear country.


MYTHBUSTING THE ABILITY TO SHOT .40 S&W IN A G20 10MM PISTOL
There have been many grossly inaccuract claims of 10mm Auto and .40 S&W interchangeability centered around the Glock format. Let’s get this out of the way because of safety concerns. 


Someone suggested long ago that the 10MM chambered G20 was an ultimate survival gun because it could also shoot the very popular .40 SW in a last ditch survival situation without any modifications. This is a great concept in theory, however I was skeptical.  I have seen videos, and read reports… noting that Glock will certainly and immediately void your warranty if they find your are doing such a stupid thing. That noted after discussions with many very knowledgeable industry experts, I had to test so you don't have to even though this is the "wrong way" to shoot .40 SW in a 10mm auto chambered pistol.


From distance the theory seems sound, shooting a .40 S&W round in gun chambered for 10MM auto is really no different than shooting .38 Special in in a .357 Magnum chambered revolver, after all the .40 S&W is a 10MM Auto “Short”, right? Well no not really. 

There are two very important exceptions in that theory; the .38 Special and .357 Magnum rounds are rimmed and the .40 and 10MM are not and the 10mm Auto does not have a forcing cone in the rifling to handle the short distance jump the .40 S&W bullet makes from the case to the rifling like a revolver cylinder does. This means that to fire correctly, the extractor must take on larger percentage of round handling and support demands since the .40 round will not be completely supported in the chamber. Pressure issues are a non-event since the 10MM is rated for a higher pressure, so it really comes down to a high rate of wear and tear on your extractor and very high potential for rifling damage and wear due to the bullet jump issue caused by the short case.


We loaded up one round for the initial test and it feed from the magazine during a manual slide rack, fired and ejected perfectly. In fact we did it with a full magazine full and every single round fed, chambered, fired, and ejected perfectly. Myth Confirmed - but with a disclaimer of absolutely do not try this in a home, you assume 100% of the risk and this will undoubtedly cause undue damage to your expensive Glock G20SF.


Why does the gun cycle with a gun that shoots a round 20%-70% more powerful than the .40 S&W round? Simple. Glock had to design the G20 to also shoot the very light soft shooting 10MM sub-sonic rounds the FBI wanted which are in essence what we know as the .40 S&W.


To here is the disclaimer and warning: Would I recommend a steady diet of .40 S&W in your G20 10MM Auto pistol? Hell no - not even an occasional diet or to even test. You WILL have premature damage and wear to your rifling due to the bullet making the jump from the case to the rifling and your will certainly have premature extractor wear due to the extra stress due to a partially supported chamber, not to mention you will instantly void your warranty. Just because you can does not mean you should. I tested this so you do not have to - so don’t do it.  


The RIGHT WAY and safe way is to shoot the 10mm Auto ammo the G20SF was designed for or just pick up one of the .40 S&W aftermarket drop in barrels from KKM which designed for the G20.  This will allow safe and proper support of the .40 S&W cartridge and will not drive premature wear on you G20. Any time you want to swap back over to 10MM all it takes is a one minute barrel swap.


ABOUT THE GLOCK G20 & G20SF
Glock began producing the G20 in 1991 to answer the market demand in the midst of the 10mm Auto’s hayday. Even after demand tapered off there was still a demand for the 10mm Auto pistol, however the major complaint was the overall size of the grip. Later in 2007, Glock introduced the G20SF (reviewed here) which is the “Short Frame” model.  The G20SF model provides a significantly grip feel circumference equal to a standard .40 S&W chambered Glock.  


The net result is that those with medium to small hands can establish a comfortable and secure grip.  Glock has been specifically marketing the G20 and G20SF as hunting companion firearms to be used for the hunt or to provide a humane finishing shot on very large game. For those hunting in bear country, having a 15-round pistol which can believer power that rivals some .44 Magnum rounds, is an enormous benefit. In fact the Greenland Sirius Sledge Patrol uses the G26 on the very aggressive Polar bear which far outweigh our typical brown bear.


FIT, FINISH, FEEL, FEATURES, FUNCTION
The G20SF has the fit, finish, and features identical to any other Gen 3 Glock you may have handled, however the slide and barrel is even wider and beefier than Glock’s .40 S&W pistols to handle the power of the 10mm Auto round. The side profile of the G20SF is the same as the full sized G17 and G22 models, but it is just wider and heavier. of the In the end the G20SF overall feels about 10% wider and heavier than your standard Glock G17 9mm and about 5% wider and heavier than their G22 .40 S&W model - actual weights may vary. The major reason for offering the “SF” version was to just make the super-sized 10mm G20 manageable for shooters with normal to small sized hands. The result of the SF model offering is a very powerful gun that feels and handles like a G22.


If you want night sights I always recommend picking them up included from Glock as they are a bit less expensive than adding them later plus they will come factory zero'ed.  On my G20SF I added the Glock night sights becuase, you know... sometimes big critters roam around at night.


Just like any other Glock reliability was superb and flawless from the first to the last round.  Due to the ammo shortage of 2013, I scavenged a partially shot box of very old StarFire 10mm Auto rounds, a few hundred rounds of less expensive FMJ, and was fortunate enough to have Hornady send me a couple boxes of their Custom 10mm Auto 180gr XTP rounds. A friend of mine also supplied a few hundred rounds of fairly hot 10mm Auto reloads. Throughout those hundreds of rounds, we did not have one failure.  What surprised us most was that the recoil was really quite pleasant and even easily tolerable and controllable with the harder hitting rounds.


Way way back with I purchased my first Glock, I picked up the very inexpensive Glock magazine and holster and they served me very well. I did the same in this situation as the G20SF does not slip into your standard 9mm or .40 caliber holsters. The Glock holster works great and provided a simple no-nonsense holster and magazine pouch option. For the beginning novice shooter, the $39.99 street price Glock Range kit safety glasses, earplugs and earmuffs are very hard to beat.

ACCURACY
My friend and I have made it a habit to routinely plink and hit the 12”x12” steel 100, 200, and 300-yard gongs with our Glocks.  Oddly enough, once you figure out the 12-15 foot holdover at 300-yards, it is not that difficult. Shooting flatter shooting 10mm at distance was a whole new game. The original intent of the cartridge was clear - this is a long range handgun round. As an example we only needed to hold over about 9-feet on our 300 yard target vs the 12-15 feet with a 9mm and .40. If zeroed at 50-yards, the 10mm Auto only drops about 4.5” at 100- yards and is only 36” low at 200 yards and still delivering around 400 ft/lbs of energy (about the same energy a 9mm has at the muzzle). This is a very impressive round that is more than adequate for hunting deer sized game at a little distance and up close under 100 yards it delivers more than enough accuracy for even smaller game.


Moving over to the sandbags we were able to consistently take out clay pigeons on the 100-yard line and do the same on the 200 and 300 -yard 12” steel plates with scarey consistently. Way up close on the 25-yard line we were able to deliver more than a few 1”-1.25” groups - accuracy which held all the way out to 300-yards. Would a scoped out Thompson Center or 8” barreled revolver have a leg up on accuracy? You betcha, however they do not have 15-rounds on tap either.


FINAL THOUGHTS
If you are looking for high capacity pistol with long range power and accuracy the Glock G20SF is it. The G20SF even makes major power factor in shooting competitions which can be a huge leg up.  It delivers everything you could want for power in a hunting pistol that you can also use double duty as a mighty fine defense pistol with a capacity that is unmatched for 10mm Auto chambered pistols. On the hunt, this is the pistol to have at your side and its a Glock.



SPECS
10mm Auto / Safe Action
LENGTH:209 mm / 8.22 in.
WIDTH:32.50 mm / 1.27 in.
LENGTH BETWEEN SIGHTS:172 mm / 6.77 in.
HEIGHT:139 mm / 5.47 in.
BARREL HEIGHT:32 mm / 1.26 in.
BARREL LENGTH:117 mm / 4.60 in.
UNLOADED:785 g / 27.69 oz.
LOADED:1125 g / 39.71 oz.
TRIGGER PULL:~2.5 kg / ~5.5 lbs.
TRIGGER TRAVEL:~12.5 mm / 0.49 in.
BARREL RIFLING:right hand, hexagonal
LENGTH OF TWIST:250 mm / 9.84 in.
Magazine Capacity:15


SOURCES
Glock USA - http://www.glock.us


Hornady Ammunition - http://www.hornady.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Extar EXP-556 AR15 Pistol Review

Extar EXP-556 AR15 Pistol Review


I know what you are thinking. The AR15 pistol is the hard core party fratboy of the AR15 family and consequently most only think of it as the toy of the AR15 family. Generally the relationship ends with dollars worth of .223/5.56 ammo spewing from the pistol’s ejection port producing a grin from ear to ear. 

Yeah, you gotta love the party frat boy, however would you be surprised if I told you it could be your next precision hunting handgun, a very effective personal defense gun with one simple modification, or a perfect survival/hunting pack gun that will fit in even small day packs? Surprised? What was more surprising was the level of innovation that you simply would not expect on a $449 street priced polymer firearm marketed to the masses.  I will be very frank, I never expected to go all nuts over a short barreled pistol format AR15, however let me tell you this gun changed my mind when I was delivering nice little .25”-.5” 25-yard groups

ABOUT EXTAR EXP
EXTAR has teamed up with New Frontier Armory to distribute the EXTAR. I ordered one of the EXP-556 AR15 pistols and had it shipped to my local gun dealer where I completed my paperwork and skipped home with my new pistol.  With a few exceptions, essentially the EXP-556 is more or less a standard AR15 chassis with the obvious absence of a buttstock and very short 8.25" barrel. 

It should be noted that this is not a short barrel AR15, it is classified, manufactured, and registered as a pistol and converting it to a rifle could create significant legal (read that as jail) headaches for owners.  It is and forever will be a pistol even if you start swapping out parts, however never ever, ever, ever attach any type of shoulder stock to this pistol or it will immediately be considered an ATF controlled Class 3 Short Barreled Rifle which requires a whole bunch of registration stuff at the Federal level which is legal but expensive and time consuming. To further prevent someone from attaching a stock, the EXTAR has a molded in rear mounting plug which secures the rear buffer spring housing, prevents someone from inadvertently attaching a stock, or using the lower on a rifle package. As is, the EXP-556 pistol is a whole bunch of fun and utility all wrapped up in a small little pistol format AR15 package.

FIT, FINISH, FEEL, & FEATURES
I reviewed the New Frontier Polymer Lower receiver back in early 2012 (see review here http://bit.ly/19eHncw) and it surprised me a bit on how great it worked. As I look back, it actually performed far better than some of the badly made lowers that have now flooded the market and worked just as well as the best I own. The only real difference was that it was polymer and a whole lot lighter and less expensive.  

Fast forward and now New Frontier has updated the receiver's features to include a single sided safety selector which will now operates just like a standard AR15 version which means it "cannot be switched into safe after the hammer has been dropped,".  Similar is the design on the EXTAR. The lower receiver features an extended trigger guard, and a few other minor cosmetic and structural updates.  


The fit similar to the original lower design, which means there is a bit of sharp flashing here and there from the molding process, however nothing a razorblade could not take care of in about 2 minutes. The black molded in color will not chip, fade, or come off, and matches well to standard Type III anodized upper recievers. In this case, the EXTAR EXP-556 has a new unique proprietary upper and lower (with the molded in buffer tube plug) for the pistol which eliminates the need for a short or extended buffer tube.  It does it via standard direct impingment and without the need for a heavy piston system. The end result of an all polymer upper receiver, polymer handguard, polymer based charging handle, polymer lower, polymer trigger assemble, polymer Mission First Tactical grip, and short proprietary bolt is stunningly light 2.98lb AR15 pistol.  Compared to anything else in the industry, it is the lightest by over 2lbs and the shortest by 6”-8” and it does it all for $449 which is about a third of the Rock River LAR-15.

Part of the genius of the design it the heavy reliance on an adjustable gas block which allows a minimally long and very light bolt to function perfectly with just a small top piggy-back riding spring hidden under the tall upper receiver.  The adjustable gas block allowed EXTAR to tune the gas way down to deliver only the required gas pressure to cycle the now much lighter BCG and lighter tension buffer spring. It all works marvelously… actually brilliantly. Obviously moving away from a standard AR15 upper design also required moving to a side charging format. A reciprocating polymer/steel hybrid charging handle on the left/weak hand side provides fast and efficient charging of the EXP-556.   To further improve control, EXTAR added a very aggressive muzzle brake.

Takedown is a bit different though as the front pivot on the upper just hooks into the lower pivot pin. All that is required for takedown is pushing out the rear take-down and sliding the upper off the lower.  I found having the hammer back and on safe worked the best for this process. Disassembly will produce a unique short bolt/carrier, spring, and charging handle; everything else looks just like your regular direct inpingment AR15. Up front is a combo front sight adjustable gas block with a stabilization/alignment tube running between the block and upper receiver. This tube simply assures the front sight remains aligned and the direct impingment gas tube remains in the same place it always has been.


Ergonomics were great thanks to the Mission First Tactical grip and polymer forend. The polymer forend worked perfectly and shielded the heat generated from magazine after magazine of ammo.

FUNCTIONS
When we look at all the polymer on this AR15 pistol I have to take pause and realize this is a pretty groundbreaking accomplishment from a design perspective.  Heck, not only could this gun give an H&K MP5 pistol a run for its money, if this same design had a 16” barrel and folding buttsock, you have a a mighty fine AR rifle format that could be tucked handily away in all sorts of places.

I shot the EXP-556 single handed, however the general consensus was that a significant accuracy advantage was delivered via an extended grip with the support hand gripping the magwell. The one big feature missing on the pistol is a single point sling mount, however I believe one could be mounted to the rear buffer tube cover and a front swivel stud and a picatinny rail could be added easily if needed as well. Ideally, I would like to see EXTAR offer a replacement rear buffer tube cover bolt with an integrated single point sling mount, QD-sling mount, or ring.

During testing I left the adjustable gas block alone, however later on I played around with it a bit and found that I would turn down the gas pressure a bit more with certain loads. For most, I would leave the setting where it sits to assure reliability.

I had zero reliability issues and it feed just like you would expect any other AR15 platform, chewing up over 300 rounds on our first day at the range.  From a setup perspective I would recommend mounting the scope mount bolts to the ejection side to avoid interference with bolt charging. A nice optional extra would be an extended charging handle was offered for scope users.

The muzzle brake is HIGHLY effective however also REALLY freaking loud and generates a HUGE 18” fireball apon firing. At dusk, we found ourselves asking "did I hit it, I lost the sight picture in the fireball". For non-defensive shooting, the brake delivers single handed squirt gun level recoil, however I would move to an effective flash hider for defensive use to kill some of the fireball. The stock muzzle brake makes a blast to spew mag fulls of 5.56/.223 rounds downrange.

Included in the very nice custom foam cut box was the EXP-556, a steel mil-spec 30-round magazine, and instructions. Already attached and zero'ed was a rear peep sight that worked extremey well to drill a lineup of pop cans and golf balls at 25 yards, but not scoping the pistol is doing both you a and the pistol a huge diservice.

ACCURACY
Following that party boy image, most AR15 pistols are a lot of fun but are generally thought of as less than accurate big boy toys.  I was definitely in that mindset before I was shooting at, and hitting, golf balls at 25 yards offhand with the stock front and rear drift adjustable peep sight. What convinced me more was installing an EOTECH 912 on the top and printing a nice tidy little 1” group at 25 yards.

What convinced me the most of the accuracy potential slipping on a Leupold 4X handgun scope and watching the EXTAR EXP-556 deliver 25-yard .25”-.5” groups from the sand bags all with just Military XM193F Ball (FMJ) ammo. I printed a sub-1” group at 50-yards and was even able to hammer the 300-yard gong 10 for 10 with just a 4X scope. After spending some time with a higher quality Winchester PDX and Hornady match ammo, I increased accuracy by about 20%-25%.


Throughout testing, I found myself scratching my chin and muttering, "I am pretty sure you could hunt with this". In fact with this accuracy, you easily could. My other testers both noted that it was plenty accurate for hunting especially with the Leupold 4X mounted. One of my testers noted that it would be an outstanding coyote/varmit gun with a bipod added, because in reality you only get one shot at them anyway, so the muzzle blast and concussion is irrellevant, and it could deliver the power over a longer range in an easy to carry package.


I ended up zeroing at 20-yards which put zeros roughy 6” high at 50-yards, 8” high at 100-yards, 12” high at 200” (where we were ringing the 8” gong) and dead on at 300-yards. Honesly I never though I would get the accuracy I saw or I would have set up at least a 75-yard zero. That 20-yard short range zero and the lower velocity from the barrel definitely impacted the trajectory, however correcting over to a 100-yard zero would provide a pretty flat shooting trajectory out to 200-yards which is a realitic range for a hunting pistol.

WHY SHOULD I OWN AN AR15 PISTOL
Maybe I have convinced you with the frat boy fun, stunning low price, reliability, innovative design, and accuracy; on the other hand you might need a bit more convincing. Despite that beer can crushing party boy image, the AR15 has some extremely redeeming and interesting qualities.

First is its power and capacity which in this case delivers an impressive energy level somewhere around a .41 S&W Magnum which has a power level between a .357 Magnum and a .44 Magnum and of course it can accept 5-round to 100-round magazines. That is a whole lotta power in a 3lb, 18” overall length gun. When in bear country, would this not be a really good option?

The size, weight, capacity, power, and accuracy make it a really interesting option for a bug out and survival gun. Not only can it be easily stowed in almost any small pack fully assembled and even loaded (if you have a concealed carry permit), but could also be an excellent defensive firearm at both short and long distances. Concealed under a longer jacket via a single point sling, the EXP-556 is clasified as a pistol and could be considered your CCW pistol.  The only modification I would make is a swap out the muzzle brake for an effective flash supressor to reduce or eliminate the giant 18” muzzle flash ball and the requirement to wear safety glasses when shooting the gun gangter style from the waist. Depending on your needs a 2x Leupold scope would provide a lot of utility, however go a little ninja and add a small laser for close defensive ranges.

Suppressed the EXTAR EXP-556 AR15 pistol and you have a very quiet little solution for a variety of situations including varmint hunting and even unsupressed the gun could put meat on the table, varmits in the ground, and a smile on your face all at the same time as a very fun hunting gun.

FINAL THOUGHTS
The $449 MSRP will pull you in, the 2.98lb weight will sell you, and the accuray will make you love the EXP-556. As a long-time handgun hunter, this gun very quickly moved mentally from a fun gun to a hunting tool.  I mean seriously this thing weights the same as a loaded 1911 and is 8" shorter than any other AR pistol on the market ... how can you not love it.

It is far from subtle and quiet however neither is my Thompson Center 30-30 pistol, however it is small, light, high-capacity, and accurate all while being quite innovative and inexpensive. In these times, it is hard to ask for more in a gun I have found to be more versatile than most would ever think.



SPECS
Lightest 5.56/.223 Pistol In The World
Made In USA
Compact Design With No Buffer Tube
Ergonomic Pistol Grip
Integrated MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny Rail For Easy Mounting Of Optics And Accessories
Extremely Low Recoil – Can Be Held And Shot With One Hand With Virtually No Muzzle Climb
Crisp Trigger Pull Of 5.5 Lbs
Reversible Safety To Accommodate Left Hand Shooters
Why Pay Extra For Parts? Comes Standard With Front Anti-Slip Free Floating Hand Guard And Muzzle Brake!
Integrated Winter Trigger Guard


Specifications
$449 MSRP
MFG – EXTAR
Model - EXP-556
Type – Semi Automatic Gas Operated Pistol
Caliber - .223 / 5.56 NATO
Magazine – Standard MILSPEC AR-15 Magazine
Weight (Unloaded) – 2.98 Lbs (48 Oz)
Weight (Loaded W/ 30 Rd AR-15 Mag) – 4.06 Lbs (65 Oz)
Overall Length – 18” (45.72 Cm)
Barrel Length – 8.25” (20.96 Cm)
Barrel Length Including Muzzle Device – 9.25” (23.50 Cm)
Barrel Twist – 1:9 Standard ½-28 Threaded Barrel With Included Recoil Reducing Muzzle Brake
Width – 2.25”
Fixed Sights -- Sight Radius Of 12.38” (31.43 Cm)
Pistol Grip Screw – 3/16” Standard Hex Head

SOURCES