The difference between one AR-15 and another will be the…

The difference between one AR-15 and another will be the quality of the build components. I have seen a number of “Franken-guns” built with gun-show component end up being disasters in terms of reliability. And if your gun won’t run, that may ultimately result in your injury (or death). The primary reason gun owners carry combative firearms is to defend their lives and the lives of others. If your gun fails mid-conflict, you will be behind the power curve for winning the fight, even if you can quickly clear that stoppage. Your personal carry gun is not a toy and not the place to scrimp on quality, which your life may very well depend on.

Bravo Company

One company that has dedicated itself to building the best guns possible is Bravo Company Manufacturing, better known as BCM. Founded in 2005 by a former Marine, BCM builds top-quality AR-15s at their Hartland, Wisconsin, facility. BCM builds weapon systems that are manufactured, reinforced and tested to meet the demands of law enforcement, military, security and peacekeeping professionals around the globe, in some of the most intense and stressful environments imaginable. There are no shortcuts or substitutions. No half measures. BCM was established to do one thing: provide American warriors with the best possible military-grade weapons. BCM firearms are built as sturdy as the shooters who use them.

I recently had the opportunity to test one of BCM’s carbines and selected the EAG Tactical. The gun comes from the factory not only built to high standards but also featuring the accessories you need to take this weapon to the streets. “EAG” refers to E.A.G. Tactical, a training company founded by Pat Rogers, a retired USMC chief warrant officer and a retired NYPD sergeant with extensive street experience. E.A.G. Tactical provides weapons manipulation and tactics training to military, law enforcement and qualified civilians throughout the U.S. Pat is highly regarded in both the military and law enforcement communities. I have met him several times and consider him one the best instructors on the circuit. A copy of Pat’s training DVD is included with each EAG Tactical carbine so the user can obtain a more in-depth understanding of how to run the weapon. Pat’s input on the carbine is readily apparent.

The TangoDown BattleGrip helps the operator’s hand get solid contact and proper trigger finger placement

Gun Details

If you are not sure what I mean by “quality,” let me use the EAG Tactical’s upper receiver as an example. The upper itself is machined from a 7075-T6 aluminum forging and is hardcoat anodized per mil-spec 8625F Type III Class 2. The flattop with a Picatinny rail allows for the mounting of varied optics or a standard carry handle. A Troy Industries BCM folding battle sight (back-up iron sight) comes standard on the upper rail. The mid-length gas system, one many knowledgeable shooters believe is the most reliable, is surrounded by a LaRue Tactical 9-inch, free-floated handguard that is also a rail system in itself. These rails are covered by TangoDown SCAR rail covers and come with a TangoDown rail vertical forward grip. The standard charging handle has been replaced with a BCM Gunfighter Model 3 (a handle many feel is the best available) featuring a bolstered T-section and enlarged release lever. The package also includes a SureFire LED white light and a Viking Tactics mount that permits the shooter to use the tail cap switch to activate and extinguish the light.

The barrel assembly continues along these lines, with a cold-hammer-forged unit that has a 1-in-7-inch twist and is independently certified as mil-spec-grade steel. The barrel is 14.5 inches in length with a permanently fixed flash suppressor for an overall barrel length of 16 inches, keeping the barrel as short as legally permitted. The barrel has a 5.56mm NATO chamber and is chrome-lined with a standard AR-15 sight tower attached. The bolt is machined from mil-spec steel and is high-pressure tested to ensure long life. The carrier is also chrome-lined, as is the gas key, which is staked to mil-spec. The extractor is made from tool steel.

The 14.5-inch barrel comes with a permanently fixed flash suppressor for an overall barrel length of 16 inches

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