guns & gear


FAB Defense AR Podium

A somewhat odd AR-15 accessory that attaches to the pistol grip and magwell and creates a sort of bipod platform. The actual bipod legs are hidden in the bottom of the podium plate. FAB Defense makes a similar product with much more success on the Tavor bullpup platform. The AR Podium does not permanently modify your AR, you can pop it on or off if you need it but I’m not sure how compatible is it with other AR-15 grips. Aesthetically it looks weird but with the right parts, maybe even a Magpul D60, you could make a futuristic sci-fi looking AR, or a stupid one. (GRH)


World War I dogfighting and the Synchronization Gear,

 Originally during World War I, airplanes were originally used for reconnaissance purposes; to scout out and map enemy positions or direct artillery fire.  Then pilots began firing pistols, rifles, and shotguns at enemy planes.  Then they had the idea to mount machine guns, operated by a spotter/gunner in the rear seat.  Then militaries had the idea of designing and fielding specially made planes with forward mounted machine guns whose only purpose was to shoot down other planes.  When those “fighters” began to do battle with other “fighters”, the art of “dogfighting” began. There was only one problem, how do you shoot a machine gun through a propeller?

One of the first solutions to this problem was to mount the plane with an armored propeller that would deflect bullets.  This was obviously far from a perfect solution. It was only a matter of time before the propeller wore out and failed.  In addition, the extra weight put added stress on the engine and crankshaft, and there was always the risk of ricochets striking the pilot

The solution to this problem was the invention of the synchronization gear, a device which prevented a plane’s machine guns from firing when the propeller was in the way. There were a few pre-war designs, and several designs used by both the Allies and Central Powers, but the first practical and reliable design was invented by Dutch aircraft designer Anthony Fokker in 1915.

For the next year, the German Air Force had a great tactical advantage over the Allies, an event which was called the “Fokker Scourge”.  During this period, the Allies either had to mount machine guns on the top of the wing, use armored propeller blades, or use unreliable synchronization gear designs.  By 1916, the Allies had developed their own comparable synchronization gear, evening the playing field.  Over time, a number of improvements were made to the Fokker synchronization gear and other designs.  The end of the synchronization gear’s usefulness came with the coming of the jet age. 


Does anyone remember this old relic? 

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Interesting device that may not appeal to a lot of us in free states but I also feel like California will try to circumvent this loader with another ridiculous law.

Mean Arms out of Woodstock, Georgia has a polymer MA-Loader/Lock system that will turn your average AR into a fixed mag black rifle loaded via a 10-round side-charging stripper clip of sorts.

“Our new MA-Loader is a California compliant, 10-round bullet loading device that will allow you to safely and efficiently reload your fixed magazine without the need to break down the firearm,” notes the company. “Simply place the MA-Loader into your AR-15’s ejector port and press the thumb-ring slider to quickly load or reload. It is that simple!”

The above video shows how the unit charges into a rifle equipped with the lip system that replaces the dust cover on the upper and briefly shows the M-Lock attachment that fixes a once-detachable box mag in place. Of course, they use a select-fire AR in the demo, which is prob not Cali compliant, so that takes the sting out a bit.

The 10-round polymer device retails for $39, is available in April, and “eliminates the requirement of registering your rifle with the State of California. If moving out of the state of California is not in your plans, lawful gun owners can still enjoy the use of their AR-15s with minimal disruptions while fully complying with the new laws.”