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Firearm Safety: The Big Four & A Bit More

Welcome to Thunder Tactical, your top choice for shopping rifle parts online. In our last blog post, we touched briefly on the disastrous and dangerous consequences that can result from loading the wrong ammunition into a firearm, such as loading a .300blk round into an upper chambered for .223. It has since occurred to us that we have yet to write a blog post dedicated exclusively to firearm safety. So… *drum roll*...  here it is! New and experienced shooters alike can benefit from looking this blog post over. There’s no such thing as being too safe when it comes to firearms, so remember the following safety information next time you head out to the range. While the rules of firearm...

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The .300 Blackout Round Explained

If you’ve done any shopping online here at Thunder Tactical or been involved in the gun community for even a short period of time, you may have encountered the term “300 blackout,” but this term is fairly new even to experienced shooters, and you may not yet understand just what it means. Keep reading to learn the basics of the .300 blackout round and how to prepare your rifle to shoot it. What is the .300 blackout round? During World War II, Soviet Russia began to develop the 7.62x39mm rifle cartridge for use in their military carbine rifle (replaced by the AK-47 in the ‘50s). This cartridge was designed to serve many purposes. The Soviets wanted a rifle round that...

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What Exactly Is Anodizing?

If you’ve spent any time shopping our selection of gun parts online, you may have encountered some anodized products, such as one of our anodized upper and lower receivers. If you’ve never heard of anodization before or just don’t know what it is, you’re in luck. Today, we’re going to tackle the topic of anodizing, what exactly that means, how it works, and some fascinating and surprising examples. Why Anodize? A large portion of gun parts are forged in aircraft grade aluminum, which provides many benefits but also poses its own concerns. Aluminum may not rust as iron or steel will, but it is also not the strongest of metals, and it is still vulnerable to corrosion. The anodization process...

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Why Opt For the Free Float Handguard?

If you’re fairly new to the world of DIY gunsmithing, there are likely many terms you’ve never heard before. Especially when building very customizable firearms, such as the AR-15, there are so many options out there, it can quickly become overwhelming. Take handguards for example. This rifle part serves the purpose of allowing the shooter the ability to grip the front of the rifle while protecting the hand from the heat of the barrel (among other uses, such as attaching accessories) and comes in a wide variety of types, including classic drop-in handguards, railed drop-ins, free float tubes, and railed free floats. Have we lost you yet? Don’t worry. This blog post is dedicated to free float handguards and the...

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Five Benefits of Building Your Own AR-15

The AR-15 is often called America’s favorite firearm, and it’s not difficult to see why. This rifle is one of the most versatile on the market, especially when gunsmiths build these beauties from the ground up. Some gun owners may be intimidated by the prospect of building their own rifles and opt instead to purchase off the shelf, but the AR-15 is the ideal rifle to transform into your ideal rifle. As retired police officer, firearms instructor, and blogger Phil White stated in a blog posted to TheFirearmBlog.com, “If there was ever a rifle that begged to be built by a shooter it’s the AR-15.” Five Benefits of Building Your Own AR-15 Best Quality Parts When you decide to build...

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