Thursday, April 16, 2015

Del-Ton DT Sport Rifles

The AR-15 rifle is an excellent choice for so many applications.  One of the weapon's greatest strengths is its modularity and adaptability to a variety of uses.  With so many options available to accessorize the weapon, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide what options are necessary or beneficial for the AR-15 rifle you want to purchase.  A basic, "standard options" AR-15 is not a bad place to start, and you can always modify the weapon throughout its life to best serve how you use it most of the time.
Del-Ton DT Sport AR-15


Del-Ton, Inc. now offers 3 entry-level AR-15 rifles:  The DT Sport Lite, DT Sport, and DT Sport OR (optics ready).  Here's the major difference between the 3 models...The DT Sport Lite rifle is our most lightweight rifle.  It does not have a forward assist or ejection port cover.  The DT Sport and DT Sport OR rifles do have these two features.  The absence of these two features provides a slight weight reduction in the DT Sport Lite, and also allows for an MSRP below $500.00.  For those who desire a forward assist and ejection port cover, the DT Sport and DT Sport OR rifles still give you a quality, standard AR-15 at a still incredible price point (below $700.00 MSRP).

The Del-Ton DT Sport AR-15 Features:
  • 16", 4140 Steel, 1x9 twist, lightweight profile barrel
  • Chambered in 5.56 X 45 NATO
  • Mil-Spec Bolt constructed of Carpenter 158 steel
  • Bolt carrier & carrier key with chrome lined interior, carrier key with grade 8 screws, properly staked
  • Flat-top upper receiver with T-marks, ready for the rear sight or optic of your choosing
  • Mil-Spec Hard coat anodized 7075 T6 aluminum upper and lower receiver
  • M4 six position collapsible buttstock (commercial)
  • Includes (1) 30 round magazine (unless restricted by law) and gun lock
  • DT Sport laser engraved logo on magwell
  • DTI rifles are 100% made in the USA & offer a LIFETIME warranty to the original purchaser

The DT Sport is constructed of quality, key components that will offer you an AR-15 rifle at an incredible price, backed by a lifetime of enjoyment and service.  The Del-Ton DT Sport line of AR-15 rifles is available through fine firearms retailers, nationwide.  Here are a few links to  recent articles on the benefit of the DT Sport line of AR-15 rifles: 

http://www.del-ton.com/v/media/Articles/ComplARRiflemandt%20sport-8.pdf

http://www.gunblast.com/DelTon-DTSport.htm

Thanks for reading our blog.  If you have any questions about the AR-15 rifles we produce at DTI, or the parts and accessories we offer at www.del-ton.com, please feel free to contact us.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AR-15 Magazines

There are many components to an AR-15 rifle, and a lot of attention is placed on selecting the best options or configuration for essential parts such as bolts, sights, stocks, and handguards.  But one component, the magazine, is an important part that shouldn't be overlooked.  As such a vital component for reliable operation of a semi-automatic weapon, quality and durability are must-have features in a magazine.  Del-Ton, Incorporated (DTI) offers quality AR-15 magazines from a number of different manufacturers.  In the AR-15 marketplace, there are plenty of available choices...selecting which one is right for you, like all choices you will make in the configuration of your AR-15 rifle, comes down to application (how you will use your weapon).


Magpul PMAG GEN M3
Magazine capacity is one thing to consider.  Certain states and even some cities or municipalities have legal restrictions on magazine capacity, so it is important to know what the laws are where you reside.  But it is also important to consider how magazine capacity and size will affect your application.  The 30 round magazine is popular with many AR-15 owners, but state hunting regulations may prevent you from hunting with an AR-15 rifle that has a magazine over a certain capacity.  Even where it may be legal, most people would not want to be carrying a fully loaded 30 round magazine in the woods all day.  If you plan to use your AR-15 for target shooting from a bench, even just for sighting in, a magazine with reduced capacity/overall size would be a more functional selection in this application as well.  A similar scenario where a shorter magazine can be beneficial is when shooting from the prone position; a 10 or 20 round magazine will allow you to remain close to the ground without having to cant your rifle.  In summary, it is important to know your application (how you will primarily use your weapon, most of the time) when selecting which magazines to use with your AR-15.  Del-Ton currently offers AR-15 magazines in 10, 20, 30, and 40 round capacities.  The 60 round Magpul D60 is scheduled to be available during the summer of 2015.


Magpul D-60 (60 Round Drum)


D&H Aluminum 10 Round Magazine
Magazine construction is another thing to keep in mind.  Metal (aluminum and stainless steel) magazines are durable and have a proven track record with this platform, but there are many durable polymer magazines as well.  Metal magazines have a very slim profile and fit well in magazine pouches that hold multiple magazines. Many polymer magazines have a floor plate that is wider than those of metal magazines, and this can cause them to "fan out" and not fit as well when stacked together in such a manner.  The polymer Magpul GEN 3 PMAG has a slimmer floor plate than most polymer magazines, and the Troy Battlemag has an extremely slim body and flush floor plate; manufacturers and innovation/product design have begun to make things more equal in this regard.  Metal magazines are usually black or grey, but polymer magazines are available in other colors like flat dark earth or olive drab green.  This may seem like a purely cosmetic feature, but in a hunting or military/LE application it can be a feature that is of some importance.  Most modern magazines of metal or polymer construction feature no tilt followers and quality springs.  Accessories like mag couplers and pull tabs that either attach to or replace the floor plates are available for both styles of magazines as well.

There are many things to consider when deciding which magazine is best for your particular application, but quality, durability, and dependability should be your first priorities.  As stated earlier, this is an essential and important part in a functioning AR-15 rifle.  DTI offers quality aluminum magazines from popular manufacturers like D&H, and only the best polymer magazines from leaders in the AR-15 industry like Magpul and Troy Industries.

Troy Battlemag

When selecting parts for or planning the configuration of your AR-15 rifle, don't overlook the importance of this essential component.  Research which brand and model will best fit your shooting style, and objectively read plenty of customer reviews on a particular magazine before a final decision.  If you have any questions about AR-15 magazines, the AR-15 rifles we manufacture at DTI, or parts we offer at www.del-ton.com, please feel free to contact us.

 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mobile Device Ballistics Calculators For Your AR-15

Many things have contributed to the popularity of the AR-15 rifle platform. The weapon's modularity, value, and prevalence of aftermarket parts to allow you to customize the rifle to your own specific applications are all benefits that the AR-15 provides.  The AR-15 is also a very accurate weapon platform, especially for a semi-automatic type of rifle.  Installing a magnified optical sight on your weapon will enhance the accuracy of the rifle and that of the individual using it, and there are a couple of different mobile device applications that can help you get the most accuracy out of your AR-15/scope combination.  We will use this blog post to highlight a few of them, and provide links at the end of the post for you to check them out.

Strelok Pro Reticle Screenshot

The Strelok application is available for iphone and Android devices.  There is a free and a paid version (Strelok Pro).  Both versions are free of advertisements, and the free version is actually incredibly good and useful.  The paid version of the app has a much greater selection of reticles in its menu, and offers a very high degree of customizable data (imperial/metric measurements, MOA/MRAD/inches/clicks, weather conditions, target type/size, ammunition variables) to ensure your bullets are on target.  It is also very user friendly; you can become quite familiar with how the app works and what it can do within a few minutes of installation.  Be it the free or paid version, this app is pretty amazing.

Nikon SpotOn
If you have a Nikon scope, the Nikon SpotOn application is a very good app for getting the most accuracy out of your rifle and optic.  It is also available for iphone and android mobile devices.  The online device is free, but the mobile apps are paid (though comparatively inexpensive). The app has a very user friendly interface; you don't have to be an honor graduate from a military sniper school to use it and receive the benefits it provides. While it does allow you to choose from a large menu of ammunition variables and atmospheric conditions data, the app is limited to Nikon optics and their reticles...if that is your brand of scope, it may be the app for you.

There are a few other apps I have used that are worth checking out.  Lapua and Norma have free mobile device ballistic calculator apps, but both are limited to their product lines in terms of ammunition.  If you use Lapua or Norma ammo, or ammunition with bullet designs and loads comparable to theirs, these free apps may be of use.  MIL Sistemika has a free and Pro (paid) version of their Sniper Calculator app for Android devices; the free version has a fair amount of customizable data, and the paid version has about the same features as the Strelok paid version described earlier in this post.  I have found the Strelok app a bit easier to use/navigate, and it has a significantly larger reticle selection.  You can find out more information about all the mobile device ballistic calculator apps mentioned by clicking on the links below.

Strelok:  http://www.borisov.mobi/index.htm

Nikon:  http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/Nikon-Products/Scopes/index.page#c54-CID-1342536894925-tab-2

Lapua:  http://www.lapua.com/en/customer-center/lapua-ballistics/lapua-ballistics-software.html

MIL Sistemika:  http://www.milsistemika.com/index.php/android-apps/sniper-calculator

Enhancing the accuracy of your AR-15 with a quality optic, and your marksmanship capability with the knowledge and instruction these apps can provide will help you enjoy and get the most performance out of your AR-15 rifle.  Thanks for reading our blog. If you have any questions about the AR-15 rifles we manufacture or the parts and accessories we sell at www.del-ton.com, please feel free to contact us.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Products From Magpul Industries

While Magpul Industries may have gotten their start in the industry with a clever way to make AR-15 magazine changes quickly and easily with their namesake invention, the company has routinely introduced innovative and dependable products that have become favored by shooters who use the AR-15 platform.  They have always offered their products at a sensible pricepoint and the company has taken a positive stand when the Second Amendment to the Constitution is under threat.  DTI is proud and thankful to be able to carry their products and to offer some of our rifle models with their quality products factory-installed.  In keeping with their history of offering innovative and truly useful products, Magpul has once again designed and released some new AR-15 parts and accessories that promise to be in demand with owners of AR-15 rifles.  In this blog post, we will describe and highlight a few of these new offerings.




Building an AR-15 or modifying one you currently own is much easier with the proper tools.  Magpul has designed a multi-tool Armorer's Wrench and a device to hold your upper, the BEV Block (Barrel Extension Vise).  To keep it concise, the wrench will do everything-from muzzle device to stock and everything in between.  The BEV Block securely holds your upper in a vise, so that you can use the wrench to perform any necessary modifications.  The wrench and the area of the BEV Block that is inserted into the barrel extension are constructed from solid steel.  The rest of the BEV Block is made from the near indestructible Magpul polymer, so it wont harm any other metal surfaces with which it comes in contact.

Magpul MOE-K2 Grip
Magpul offers more styles of pistol grips than any other AR-15 parts manufacturer.  Having a comfortable grip that enhances your individual shooting style preference is essential.  The MOE and MIAD grips have been best sellers for years; with the recent prevalence of more AR-15 style rifles, a more vertical/less angled grip style is usually necessary for comfort and proper trigger finger placement. Magpul answered that need with the new K2 and K2+ grip.  The grips have a more vertical orientation and still have the internal storage capacity of the MOE and MIAD styles.  Having one in hand is about all you need to convince yourself this will be a positive part of your AR-15 rifle.  Like the MOE+ grip, the K2+ grip has a soft coating that can enhance weapon control if your hands become damp, yet the bottom of the grip is free from this exterior to prevent any snagging during use.

Magpul also has introduced a new MOE SL Handguard that is more slim than the original MOE handguard and offers extended pieces that surround the front sight base.  This carbine length handguard is beneficial for shooters who use a support hand grip that is extended, and prevents the support hand from coming in contact with a hot front sight base.  Installation of this handguard does necessitate the removal of the front sling swivel, but most current "sling use positions" require a side mount anway.  Magpul offers a number of different ways to install a side sling attachment point on the handguard to remedy this.  One way is through the new M-Lok attachment system. The SL handguard is ready for any of Magpul's new M-Lok rail sections or other parts.  At the end of this post, there is a link to the Magpul page where installation and use of this new M-Lok system is described.
MOE SL Hanguard-Flat Dark Earth
These are just a few of the new products from a company that can be counted on to deliver quality and necessary products for making your AR-15 rifle more useful and fun to employ.  All of these new products are on order, and many are already in stock at www.del-ton.com
 

Thanks for reading our blog.  If you have any questions about these products or the AR-15 rifles we manufacture or the parts we sell, please feel free to contact us.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Concealed Carry" AR-15 Cases

In the past year or so, there have been a few references in our blog posts to the potential benefits of being "grey"-meaning that in appearance and conduct, it can be a good idea not to call attention to oneself, especially in regard to the possession of firearms (whether on your person or on your property).  A couple of companies that produce high quality products have introduced weapons carrying cases that can allow you to transport weapons safely and properly without drawing unnecessary or unwanted attention.  In this post, we will highlight three quality gun cases that can provide you this capability.
Blackhawk Diversion Racquet Case


In terms of being "grey", the Blackhawk Diversion Racquet Bag is hard to beat.  There is nothing in its appearance that reveals what may be on the inside, and at a M.S.R.P of around 70 bucks, the price is great.  The main drawback is the size.  Unless you have an SBR (short barreled AR-15), you will have to carry your complete upper and lower receivers separated.  If being discreet is of ultimate importance, this feature may be a positive rather than a negative.  Like just about anything having to do with the AR-15, your decision has to be based on your primary application.  It is available in 3 different "non-tactical" color patterns.




Hazard 4 Battle Axe Case


Hazard 4 makes high end, outstanding quality tactical gear, but their Battle Axe rifle case doesn't "scream" tactical...instead it may make most people think you are headed to a gig or practice session.  You should be able to purchase one online for less than $200.00; while it may cost considerably more than the other cases highlighted in this post, it also provides considerably more storage capacity for other essentials.  Also, if you need to be able to access and employ your complete weapon quickly, it affords you the ability to do so.  It is available in black and a coyote color.  If being discreet is your primary concern, I would opt for the black, since there are few musicians pursuing their dream with an instrument enclosed in a modern-day, tactical, global war on terror gig bag.



5.11 Covert M4 Case
Finally, the 5.11 Tactical Covert M4 bag is also worthy of consideration.  Unless your AR-15 has a long fixed stock and a barrel longer than 16 inches, this case allows you to carry it with the upper and lower assembled and ready to go.  Due to its intended compact size, it doesn't have a lot of accessory storage capacity, but nothing about it says, "Hey, there's an evil gun in here."  While the Covert M4 doesn't have the storage capacity of the Hazard 4 Battle Axe, and in my opinion is not as covert as the Blackhawk Diversion Racquet Bag, its non-tactical appearance and ability to house a complete, standard M4 allows it to accomplish a lot, and do so discreetly. Its pricepoint is in between the other two models mentioned, at around $140.00.





If you prefer not to draw unwanted attention to yourself and your weapon when you have to transport it, or are concerned about it being recognized should you be required to leave it in a viewable area of your vehicle, office, etc...these three cases may be right for you.  More detailed information about their features can be found on their respective websites (see links below).

http://www.blackhawk.com/Products/Bags-Packs-Tactical-Nylon/Bags-Packs/Diversion™/Diversion®-Racquet-Bag.aspx

http://hazard4.com/products/bags/weapons/battle-axe

http://www.511tactical.com/covrt-m4.html



Thanks for reading our blog; if you have any questions about the AR-15 rifles we produce or the variety of parts we sell for your AR-15 at www.del-ton.com, please feel free to contact us.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

AR-15 Scopes

Due to the popularity of the AR-15 weapon platform in recent years, many manufacturers of rifle scopes have begun to design and market optics specifically for this weapon and the applications for which it is most often used.  There are models with bullet drop compensating reticles specifically calibrated to the .223/5.56X45 NATO cartridge for hunting and other long range uses, some with illuminated CQB (close quarter battle) reticles for defensive or duty use or 3-gun competitions and other shooting sports, and others that have both of these features and can be used for just about anything you desire to do with your AR-15.
Nikon P-223 3-9X40 With Nikon P-Series 2 Piece Mounts


In this blog post, we will highlight a few different riflescopes that are designed for the AR-15 platform or are at least popular with those who use an AR-15.  When I was younger, I remember reading an article in an outdoor sports magazine that suggested if you wanted a quality, dependable optic, you should be willing to pay twice what you did for your rifle.  Doing so may ensure you own and use a quality scope, but I don't believe it's necessary. The rifle scopes described in this post have been specifically selected because much like the AR-15 rifles and components we produce at DTI, they are products where quality and value meet.  Quality shouldn't be something you have to surrender for value, and the two characteristics do not need to be mutually exclusive.  They aren't at DTI, and they aren't in these 3 AR-15 scope options.


Nikon P-223 3X32
The least expensive scope models highlighted in this post belong to Nikon's P-223 series.  There is currently a fixed power 3X32 model, and two variable power models in this line:  a 3-9X40 and a 4-12X40.  The fixed power 3X32 is a great, lightweight duty or 3 gun option.  All three have bullet drop compensating reticles, and the variable power models are calibrated from 100 to 600 yards.  Nikon also offers two mount/ring combinations specifically for these scopes and AR-15 rifles, and the Nikon Spot On (TM) ballistic software program available on their website and mobile devices is an amazing tool to help you realize the accuracy potential of your rifle.  These high quality optic options from Nikon have an MSRP from $150.00-250.00.


The Millett DMS (Designated Marksman Scope) line of optics are a bit more expensive, but the long range (up to 500 yard) capability in the DMS-2 model and an illuminated CQB reticle for fast target acquisition make for a feature-packed scope. The illuminated reticle is known as a "Donut Dot" and has 11 brightness settings; especially on the lowest variable power settings, keeping both eyes open during use is not difficult.  There is a 1-4X24 and a 1-6X24 model, the former being available in black or ATACS camo, the latter having a ballistic compensating reticle.  All 3 models weight just over 18 ounces, and have 3.5 inches of eye relief.  The 30mm main tube also provides an excellent amount of light transmission and when coupled with the illuminated reticle, you have a great low-light AR-15 optic choice.  Like military grade scopes, these optics also have glass-etched reticles rather than wire, so you can depend on them when the environment and applications in which they are used gets tough.  You should be able to purchase the 1-6X24 (DMS-2) model for under $400.00, and the 1-4X24 (DMS-1) model for around $300.00.   


Millett DMS-1 ATACS
DMS-1 Reticle













The Leatherwood Hi-Lux CMR (Close Medium Range) is a 1-4X24 variable power scope similar to the optic just described.  Like the Millett models, it has an etched reticle, an illuminated reticle great for close to medium range applications, and ballistic drop compensating features.  It is a few ounces lighter in weight than the Millett DMS models, but also has less eye relief (3" compared to 3.5", according to technical specifications on each company's website).  The CMR is available with either a red or green illuminated reticle; if you prefer one color over another for your particular application, this may be a beneficial feature currently not available on the other scope models highlighted in this review.  Either of the illuminated models should be able to be purchased for under $350.00. 


CMR Reticle
Leatherwood Hi-Lux CMR

















There are many other great optic options out there for the AR-15 rifleman, but these three seem to stand out from the rest, at least in terms of the characteristics mentioned at the beginning of the review. Here are 3 scopes, ideally suited for use on an AR-15 rifle that have an MSRP less than half of what the typical AR-15 rifle will cost. Paying double sure isn't necessary with these three optics...you CAN have quality AND value.

Thanks for reading our blog. If you have any questions about the AR-15 rifles we manufacture or any of the parts we sell at www.del-ton.com, please feel free to contact us.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AR-15 Pistols



11.5" Barreled AR Pistol With SB15

The AR-15 weapon platform has been so successful for so long due to its modularity and adaptability.  It can be and is modified in a variety of configurations for a variety of applications.  Even during my brief service in the military, I was issued the weapon in various configurations:  from a  20" M16A2 during basic training to a 10.3" Mk 18 Mod 0 in my final unit.  As applications and mission specific requirements changed, so did aspects of the weapon.  One of the most dramatic alterations that can be made to the M16/AR-15 weapon platform is that of a "pistol" format.

Online forums and other media formats are filled with information (and opinions) on this variation of the AR-15, and it seems many individuals consider the AR-15 pistol to be impractical or worse.  In this blog post, I would like to briefly describe the AR pistol format, and then offer 2 applications in which it may be useful and worthy of consideration for adding to your armory.

Most AR-15 pistols will have a barrel length between 7-11.5 inches.  Like a short barreled rifle, modifications to gas port size are required to ensure reliable operation.  Typically, the AR pistol handguard consists of a smooth or railed free float tube that is obviously quite short in length (unless extending over the gas block).  Some models are configured with a standard front sight base, but due to the extremely short sight radius inherent in this design, most current AR pistols will have some other form of gas block and flip up front and rear sights or no sights at all.  In either situation, the AR-15 pistol can be more enjoyable and practical when a red-dot or holographic weapon optical sight is installed.

Sig Sauer SB15 Arm Brace

The AR-15 pistol is unique among pistols in its appearance and operation.  The standard AR gas impingement operating system necessitates a buffer and spring inside a buffer tube, and this is a detraction for some who might consider purchasing and using the weapon.  While it does increase the size of the weapon, the buffer tube can provide needed stability when braced against the forearm during use and the recent development of aftermarket parts like the Sig Sauer SB15 stabilizing arm brace turns this possible detraction into a potential benefit.  Other manufacturers  have chosen to use a piston operating system in their AR pistols eliminating the necessity of a buffer tube, buffer, and buffer spring completely.

 
An individual may read or hear many statements regarding the impracticality and even pointlessness of an AR-15 pistol.  I understand and agree with some of the arguments, but here are 2 reasons FOR purchasing and using an AR pistol:  I will define them as tactical and practical.

Tactical:  While this word is routinely overused and often misapplied, the AR-15 pistol can be tactically useful in some combat applications like vehicular operations.   In the tight confines of a vehicle, carbines and even SBRs can be unwieldy and awkward.  Yes, typical handguns can suffice, but few types of handgun ammunition can penetrate other barriers (vehicles, etc...) in the same manner as does a rifle round.  And yes, an SBR would be better yet-especially if the operation moves from inside to outside a vehicle; however, it is usually easier for civilians and even many law enforcement personnel to acquire an AR pistol than it is for them to acquire an SBR.  This specific but real and experientially proven application offers support for the benefit of the AR-15 pistol.

Practical:  One word-FUN.  AR pistols are FUN to shoot.  To segue from the previous argument for their benefit-it's both OK and practical to own a weapon in America simply because it provides enjoyment.  Let's not get so caught up in "tactical" that we forget that "sport" is a practical, valid, and legal reason for owning and using a firearm.

Del-Ton, Inc. is committed to offering AR-15 rifles and accessories in an environment where quality meets value.  We are working hard to increase our product line to include AR-15 pistol configurations and pistol parts in the near future.  Thanks for reading our blog.  If you have any questions about the AR-15 rifles we manufacture or the AR-15 platform parts we offer at www.del-ton.com, please feel free to contact us
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