Author Archives: Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney

About Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney is the author of many of Gun Digest books' best-selling titles, including Gun Digest Book of the 1911, Vols. I & II; Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP, Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Gun Digest Book of the AK and SKS, Gun Digest Book of the Glock and Gunsmithing: Pistols and Revolvers, among other titles. A master gunsmith, Patrick is also Handguns Editor for Guns & Ammo magazine.

A reliable rifle, but one thing I’d have to change is the SAW-shape grip. As you can see, the extra length and swell doesn’t do anything for my grip.

AR-15 Review: Del-Ton Tapco

Del-Ton makes good rifles, even though some shooters are so class-based they won’t acknowledge any rifle not made by the “best” or “mil-spec” companies. Their loss, says Patrick Sweeney in this AR-15 review.

One of the Wilson 6.8 rifles, here with an Aimpoint M4 on it. You’ll note that the Wilson BUIS doesn’t crowd the Aimpoint, and when it flips up the Wilson BUIS won’t bang the M4.

AR-15 Review: Wilson Combat 6.8

Everyone knows a Wilson Combat 1911 is top of the line. In this AR-15 review, Patrick Sweeney argues the same can be said for Wilson's AR-15s, including this one chambered for the 6.8 cartridge.

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A History of AR Cartridges

The original caliber for the AR-15 wasn’t the.223/5.56, it was a slightly smaller cartridge. The .222 Special delivered the kind of performance that the designers wanted, which was basically a 50-grain bullet at under 3,000 feet per second.

Which direction, and how far, are clues. Track them with a new rifle, and if they ever change, you know something is up.

The AR-15: Getting Things Apart

Learn how to field-strip and completely disassemble your AR-15 – and get it all back together again - for routine and advanced cleaning, maintenance and repair.

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7 Slang Tactical Gear Terms from the Lighter Side

The world of tactical gear is a serious one, but it’s not without a sense of gallows humor. Here are seven terms from the lighter shade of black. Bane Dangerous Scale Named after gunwriter Michael Bane. The more often someone tells you how dangerous they are, the less dangerous they actually are. The more...

AR-15 Torture Test Dirt

Debunked: 3 Reasons the AR-15 Isn’t Reliable

The AR-15 isn’t reliable. Just ask the critics. They’ll often site three reasons why the AR-15 isn’t reliable. They’re debunked here. 1) The AR-15 Gas System The big slam against the AR-15 is the gas system, which blows gas back into the receiver. Two problems result. One is that the receiver gets impossibly grubby,...