Sunday, October 14, 2012

Del-Ton Extreme Duty Torture Test, Part Two

In our previous blog post, we introduced some fairly rough treatment one of our rifles was to receive and focused on function-related "abuse".  Over 400 rounds of steel cased TulAmmo was fired without a malfunction or any type of cleaning, and then we "buried" the rifle in sand with the ejection port cover open.  After shaking the large clumps of sand off, the weapon functioned just fine.  For detailed information on this phase of the test please read last month's blog entry found below this one. 

While most owners do all they can to take care of their weapon, there are surely to be occasions when it may not receive the careful treatment it deserves.  Things happen.  The weapon may be dropped or subjected to some sort of fall, and this post will illustrate that the DTI Extreme Duty Rifle, and for that matter, any of the rifle models available through Del-Ton can withstand rough handling that any typical AR owner is likely to allow.  We must state that treating your AR-15 in this manner may cause dangerous and deadly malfunctions and purposeful abuse of this nature would certainly void the rifle's limited lifetime warranty.


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We decided to drop the rifle from about waist height on to cement pavement (an actually realistic scenario for an owner), and then we began tossing and throwing it with increased force and distance. The flash hider and back of the buttstock received some abrasions from the toss shown in the video above, but that's about it.  In the video below,  the rifle was thrown/slid on the pavement for about 10 yards, and the handguard came off at the end.  It was an easy fix; after pulling back on the delta ring, it went right back into place.  This time there were visible scratches/abrasions on the flash hider, one side of the handguard, the charging handle, and one side of the back of the stock. 


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While on the pavement, we decidecd to drive over the rifle with a truck.  Yeah, its a small truck-a Toyota Tacoma, and yes, we drove over just the upper/lower receiver part.  Standard, two-piece, M4 handguards WILL likely crack and be unusuable if we ran over that area of the weapon.  The result of the "vehicular abuse" phase? Nothing.  The gun received more damage (abrasions to the finish) in the various drops and throws.  I was impressed that the basic, aluminum magazine remained perfectly functional (especially since it was unloaded) after being driven over by a vehicle.
 
So we decided to increase the distance thrown and then subject the weapon to the "buried in sand" test before firing it.  As shown in the video below, the rifle was tossed higher into the air and for a greater distance...it was done on the sand/grass/weed surface near the range.  The rifle did not receive any damage other than sand and pine straw being packed into the stock/castle nut area.  It was at this time that the sand test detailed in our previous blog entry was performed, and the rifle fired as it should without any malfunctions. 

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As stated earlier, we sure don't suggest you treat any weapon in this manner.  One goal of these two test phases was to illustrate that the AR-15 rifle, even in "rough" circumstances, is much more durable than many people comprehend.  Another goal was to show that the Del-Ton AR-15 is a modern sporting rifle of performance and quality...an AR-15 constructed of quality parts by quality-conscious people. This weapon can withstand abuse that is likely never to occur and still perform when you are counting on it.  Thanks for reading our blog, and if you have any questions about DTI  rifles or the parts we sell on our website, please feel free to contact us
  


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