One of our primary goals here at Pew Pew Tactical is to help new and even experienced folks learn more about guns, from training to ammo to new products on the market.
To that end, I wanted to start answering some of your questions in a new Monday Mailbag segment that will pull questions from the comments section of our articles both here, and on Facebook but the best way to get your question answered will be to like our Facebook page and leave a comment on the previous week’s mailbag post as I’ll be checking there first.
The goal here is to get you guys talking among each other in the comments and helping one another out, and hopefully answering questions that other’s might have as well.
So, if you have a question, or an answer to a question, be sure to drop a comment. If you have a question, chances are someone else is wondering the same thing. And if you have a good answer to a problem someone else is having, I’d love to highlight that answer in one of these posts. I don’t claim or pretend to know everything, and different perspectives and diversity of experience are always helpful.
For this reason, if I don’t know the answer to something, I’ll happily run your question by the other authors and the rest of the Editorial Staff.
So, with that out of the way, let’s take a look at this week’s questions.
First up, we two questions from our Shooting With a Bipod Article.
Good info! Can you discuss pan and tilt a bit more though? For example, do you want a bipod that can lock it’s tilt or does it matter?
Pan and Tilt are the ways the rifle can move on the bipod without needing to move the legs, pan being left and right, tilt being up and down. You can usually find the amount a bipod will pan or tilt (if it can at all) listed with a degree measurement, which will tell you what kind of arc you have available to pan on the x axis or tilt on the y axis. Most bipods with a pan and/or tilt feature will have a way for you to adjust the tension each way, which will let you lock the rifle into a position once you get on target, or loosen/unlock it to change your point of aim.
Next, we have two questions from our Adjustable Gas Blocks article.
Are there any gas blocks that have predetermined setting for suppression like you find on say the Scar?
There are! The Noveske Switchblock comes to mind, but I think mainly you’ll want to look at blocks that have a little bit more granularity of adjustment. A lot of the blocks that have suppressed and unsupressed settings are designed to work with particular rifles with very specific gas systems. These gas blocks are easy to adjust, and can really improve felt recoil and overall make shooting easier.
In conjunction with the adjustable gas block, can a reduced buffer weight do the same thing as a reduced BCG? Essentially they are never separated. I’m just planning my steps for my competition 3G rifle.
It can, too a lesser extent. A lighter buffer is a great way to cut down on the reciprocating mass inside the gun, which will decrease not only felt recoil to the shooter (what you feel in your shoulder) but muzzle rise as well. You will almost certainly need the Adjustable Gas block and some time spent tuning the rifle, but it’s a really great option if you’ve already got an adjustable gas block. For what it’s worth, I run lightweight buffers in all my 3G rifles, and they all run much smoother.
Finally, we have a question David answered from our list of the Best AR-15 Upper Receivers For the Money.
Dumb question. Is it OK to mix the manufactures between up and lower? I just bought an Anderson lower. Can I use another company’s upper?
For an AR-15 yes it is fine. The vast majority of manufacturers all use the same mil-spec standard as everyone else. There are a couple of companies out there that make a weird pattern that isn’t mil-spec, but those are very rare, cost an outrageous amount, and comes with lots of warning labels about how they aren’t standard. -David
All of the manufacturers we looked at in this article all make standard mil-spec uppers that can attach to any standard lower with no worries.
Personally, I highly recommend Aero.
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