Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AR-15 Gun Guide for the Handicapped Hunter

556 Tactical
Recently I went to an outdoor expo show here in my home-town of Shreveport, LA.  In a nutshell, the show was let's say...lacking.  I am not exactly sure how booths with dresses get allowed into these things where big burly men who are attempting to look like the entire cast of Duck Dynasty are milling about however, I digress.  The highlight of the show for me was meeting Mr. Colin Evans of 556 Tactical.  There booth was a shooters dream.  There were AR-15's and accessories all over their tables with plenty of people to answer everyone's questions.

My brief conversation with Colin that day led to an online interview to give this blog's readers deep insight into the scope and possibilities of what an AR-15 platform can do for you as a disabled or handicapped sportsman.

HCO - In your opinion what is the very best AR-15 configuration for a handicapped or disabled person?

Colin - What is the best is a rather broad question, as each shooters abilities and disabilities will vary, what makes the AR platform unique is that it too can be modified to help adapt and be more comfortable to that shooter than some standard stock over the counter rifles

HCO - Why is the AR-15 platform so good for the handicapped or disabled? 

From Cheaper Than Dirt
556 vs 22 Long
Colin - Going back a bit to question 1, we have the ability to really make these rifle platforms more comfortable for the shooter, another unique part of this as well is the ability to change calibers rather quickly. Changing calibers can be as easy as swapping out the complete upper receiver, with another upper receiver in a different caliber allowing some variations i caliber to fit adequately with the game that is being hunted. For example the 300 blackout has been extremely popular for deer, hogs and coyotes. It's a 30 caliber round in a necked down 223/556 casing. This gives much greater knockdown power than that of the 223/556. Deer hunting is legal and can be done with a 223/556 but shot placement is crucial for larger game.

HCO - What non-AR-15 weapons would you recommend as a gun smith for someone who is handicapped or disabled to give them excellent power to cleanly kill a deer while not having their shoulder severally bruised by the recoil?

Muzzle Brake
Muzzle Brake
Colin - Really again the shooter has to feel and be very comfortable with any weapon he or she might be hunting or just plinking with. It truly will vary by each persons capabilities and limitations. As far as recoil control there are 2 things that can really assist. The first one is a muzzle brake, a muzzle brake does exactly that like a car slowing down, it's reducing the felt recoil by controlling the gasses as the projectile leaves the barrel. Competition shooters are widely known for using brakes to allow them to have faster follow up shots and stay on target eliminating or greatly reducing recoil and muzzle rise.  Keep in mind that a trade off with a muzzle brake is the reduced recoil the flip side of that is the sound is increased dramatically towards the direction of the shooter and those in the immediate area of the shooter. Hearing protection while it always should be a must hunters sometimes tend to slip on that, with a brake, it will only take a hunter one mistake of no ear protection to ever not forget them again. Personally I use electronic ear muffs, they can amplify sounds around you and the moment the firearm is engaged in a target the sound is closed and the shooter does not have his hearing compromised.

Second, which was just made legal this year for hunting is a suppressor. While the movies portray these as quiet assassin killing mechanisms it's not quite the case (again it's the movies). Personally I hunt hogs with a suppressor, for two reasons, one is ear protection, with a suppressor I do not have to worry about my head getting rattled and the inner ear ringing from shooting within the confinement a of a deer stand which amplifies sound tremendously, the second is recoil management as it greatly reduces recoil (I use a 308, 6.5 Grendel, 300 blackout or 6.8 spc typically and in AR platform), let me add one more one of my shots is 300 yards from gun to feeder, at that distance with a suppressor the sound is dampened quite a bit and can allow me to take down more than one hog.

Impressive information from 556 Tactical and Colin Evans.  If you would like to contact them directly, feel free to call them at 318-347-4855 or visit their website.  He can help get your custom rig ordered, set-up and tuned to you.


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    1. Shoot me an email with details please. I would like to maybe do an article on it. Thanks for the bump!

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  3. Website is ARPRODUCTSLLC.COM. The LCA-1 has a longer lanyard for use with larger scopes, larger hands and gloves, the LCA-1 Tactical has a smaller lanyard for a more compact use, A1 uppers, open sights, youth etc. I have had good comments from vets, arthritis sufferers, 1 shooter with Cerebral Palsy and youth shooters. There are a few u-tube links on the website.

    My contact info is
    Kevin Strom
    AR Products

  4. What an interview! I am particularly interested with the first question that was presented to Mr. Colin Evans, “In your opinion what is the very best AR-15 configuration for a handicapped or disabled person?” The response he gave is very satisfying, something that I have proven to myself over and over. The interview was ingenious! After reading your post I went through the following website to explore more options:

  5. I always imagine how the best handicapped rifle looks like. Does it have special configurations? Well, Colin just answered that for me (AR-15 is modifiable). I searched for other adjustable rifles, and I did find some here: