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Giveaway: AR-15 Guide With Torture-Test Gun Reviews

Yes, he blasted it with a shotgun. Looks like that mag might be toast.

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When Patrick Sweeney said he was going to put a batch of ARs through some intense torture testing to do gun reviews, we had no idea he’d go this far.

To find out just how much abuse these ARs could withstand, Sweeney:

  • Buried them in dirt and sand
  • Submerged them in water
  • Dropped them from heights
  • Ran them over with trucks
  • Froze themGun Digest Book of the AR-15 Vol. 4
  • Blasted them with a shotgun

And then he fired them, documenting the entire process in photos! The results appear in Gun Digest Book of the AR-15 Volume 4.

This week, we’re giving away a copy of Gun Digest Book of the AR-15 Volume 4 to one lucky winner. To enter the random drawing, just post a comment below telling us about the worst conditions your gun has been subjected to (intentional, or not!) and still functioned.

Or, as always, you can just say you’d like to win the giveaway.

Entries will be accepted until midnight Wednesday (March 6, 2013) and we’ll announce the winner Thursday (March 7) in the Inside Gun Digest Books blog.

Good luck!

For the curious, chapters in Gun Digest Book of the AR-15 Volume 4 include:

  • Adcor
  • Cute Little 300s
  • 300 AAC Blackout
  • 300 Whisper
  • CMMG .300 Blackout
  • Wilson 762
  • Alexander Arms .17 HMR
  • Delton Tapco
  • SIG 516
  • Stag Arms 3G
  • .223 Vs. 5.56: What’s the Problem?
  • Chambering Rounds
  • Heat ‘Em Up
  • Serial Firearms Abuse
  • Extra Tests
  • Magazines
  • Optics & Sights Gear
  • SBRS, Cans & Comps, Oh My
  • Do we really need these rings?
  • Plus hundreds of additional tips covering AR-15 accessorizing and maintenance!


  • One entry per person, please.
  • Entries accepted until 11:59 pm Central Time Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
  • Winner will be selected at random and announced Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Official Rules

71 thoughts on “Giveaway: AR-15 Guide With Torture-Test Gun Reviews

  1. dcaliendo

    Went to the range last week and the shells would not eject after each shot. They would eject manually, no problem. Took the AR-15 home, disassembled the front sight and found that the sight block was not all of the way back so the port hole for the gas was partially blocked. Reassembled the rifle and returned to the range the next day and everything worked as it should. Big sigh of relief. This is a newly assembled piece. Now has about 120 rounds through it so I am satisfied that all is well.

  2. hzwj67

    I recently bought a 5.56 carbine, about 3 months ago. I had taken it to diffent range,s to test fire and sight in. I recently joined a group that does a more informal 3 gun style shoot. The shoot was on a Sunday, so the Friday before I went to a range for some practice. I had fired about 40 rounds and while firing a shot, the hand guard came completely loose. I was in the middle of a shot! I have a vertical foregrip I was using, which is attatched to hand guard. This resulted in a quite errant shot! Very fortunately, It was an indoor range and no harm was done, well to nobody else or equipment. But to me, tended to scare the &%@$ out of me because I realized the pontentially disasterous situation had been avoided. I was done for the night! Went home, retightened and made the shoot Sunday.

  3. glenhealey

    Have two Stags would not dream about doing things like this to them they are to hard to get these days but can’t wait to read how they stood up

  4. andygold

    Definitely not a worst case condition, or anywhere near it, but the worst shooting session with my AR was in
    -10ºF temps, shooting 25 year old Brazilian ammo. Getting the first round to fire was a chore (too thick lube?), but after the first round, the gun functioned like clockwork.

    And yes, I’d like to be entered into the drawing!

  5. papajon13

    The worst thing (in all honesty) my AR15 has survived is my attempts to improve it. So far, it is still shooting reliably and accurately; more luck than anything.

  6. richvwall

    I don’t have my gun yet, so I haven’t tortured it. Soon though — the gun, not the torture. But I would like to win the book so I will be ready.

  7. math teacher

    I’ve had my Mauser k98 get completely rusted from where I was storing it. It took some time to get most of the rust off. I’m usually really good at keeping my rifle clean and oiled, but I had neglected it for a while and it was full of rust!