Doug Adams wrote:
Try buying ammo online.
Ammunition To Go
And quality guns like SIGs will handle steel cased stuff without a hitch.
ETA: Palmetto State Armory and Wideners are also great places to buy. I’ve bought from both those venders.
SIGs can be finicky when it comes to ammo. A lot of times with non brass cased ammo, the powder charge isn’t as strong which causes the gun to not cycle correctly. This was a problem I had with my P220 and aluminum cased CCI Blazer ammo.
Yeah, OP should have just gone Glock. SIGs are pretty and Jack Bauer is a badass, but come on… We’re not always gonna have the best ammo to shoot. An unfiring gun is an expensive hammer.
Which brings me to a quote and another point…
“After range trips, my AR had to be cleaned like a new baby, but with my AK I just spit on it and called it a whore.”
I want an AK. My AR is finicky and in regards to my statement about expensive hammers, I’m thinking about going with a Saiga AK or a Romanian WASR-10. I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars. I just want something whorish I can spit on. Thoughts?
Oh cmon guys…
ARs are NOT finiky if built right. I have a 10.5" AR with a suppressor that hasn’t malfunctioned as far as I can remember after putting back the H buffer instead of the H2 buffer, and I only clean it about every 500 rounds (wow suppressors make guns dirty). Total rounds fired exceeds two thousand by now so it’s not a brand new gun. I run Wolf/Monarch, too. Only the best for my ARs!!
I also have a 16" AR that I put through a two day/1000rd carbine course with no malfuctions that was the fault of the gun. I did have some problems with the Aguila ammo I was using though.
To date I have put over 8,000 rounds of CCI Blazer aluminum over the course of 4 years (loved the days when you could walk out of Academy with 1000 rounds of Blazer for under $100 OTD) and it hasn’t given me any problems. In fact, I kind of feel that Blazer aluminum is a bit hotter in my G19 than WWB from Wallyword.
Monarch, while it go bang just fine, smells like shit.
IMO, the more expensive and “premium” a gun is, the worse ammo it had better be able to handle. Like Rev1911 said, you won’t always have the best ammo available and whatever you have needs to go boom. I wouldn’t be happy I couldn’t trust my $2000 Wilson Combat CQB 1911.
Rev1911, what problems are you having with your AR?[/quote]
Re: Wilson CQB and premium shooters
I’ve been drooling over the Les Baer TRS for a while now. After doing some research and reading thread after threat about the ‘break-in’ period and what it will and will not feed, I’m not too pressed to drop $1700 on a pistol that may or may not work when I need it. Hence, the Glock. It’s ugly, yes, but it shoots true, looks cool with my M3 taclite, and affords me the pleasure of poking fun at my buddies with Springer XDs. (no offense to the XD, I just love the Glock vs. XD shenanigans.)
Anyway, I’m running a Rock River and have had some FTE issues. I’ve been playing around with mags (PMAGS and the old-school steel ones) and almost every session I get a FTE which leads to a double feed and a jam. I’ve had a bolt get stuck on top of a fresh round on top of a spent shell still in battery (if that makes sense). I ended up breaking the rifle down at the range and fidgeting around enough to get the bolt open and freeing up the fresh round and then the spent shell. After I got it all cleaned out it worked perfectly. I’m shooting Winchester ball ammo and I don’t load the mags to capacity.
I apologize in advance if any of my terms or descriptions are off. I’m not new to firearms but I only have about 1k rounds through the AR so I’m still learning the ins and outs. I say ‘finicky’ because I’m a Glock guy and I’m used to my weapon going bang every time, without fail. I’d definitely like to get this thing running smoothly so any info/advice is welcome.