Loose Rounds is modestly bllled as “just another gun blog” but the thing that makes it stand out is this: it’s a good gun blog. The participants are ex-servicemen and law enforcement personnel, apparently, and they seem to talk sense rather than nonsense.
Recent postings on the blog have included some informed commentary on Smith & Wesson’s QC, a series of evaluations of the new Colt 901, a 7.62mm NATO AR that is neither an SR-25 nor an Armalite clone, but instead has a character of its own (image right). When it shot pretty well at 600 yards, they tried it at 1000 and beyond, and report their results. There are also posts on practical carry and practical shooting, and recently they provided a capsule history of the USMC M40 sniper rifle.
They are clearly guys who find weapons interesting in proportion to their accuracy and utility, but also their history. One conclusion that they did not draw, but is readily accessible from their data, is that the Colt 901, a 16-inch carbine, is intrinsically more accurate than the M40 was designed to be. That’s progress, which doesn’t alter the “cool factor” of the old M40, or the Army’s gas gun of the era, the M21, which the Marines laughed at at the time: “It’ll never be as accurate as a bolt gun.” That belief is still widely held, but it has little support in the laws of physics. Or, on the range.
One last comment about Loose Rounds: the guys can shoot, have access to a range with reasonable distances (something we’re finding a problem in our part of the world: most sport-shooting clubs think “long range” is 200 yards), and are not timid about posting their targets when they go shooting, especially when evaluating weapons or ammo. A lot of gun reviews online and in paper magazines comprise a bunch of words about styling and a description of a “range test” which sounds a lot like casual plinking. Of course, the services also teach some bad habits (three-shot zero groups, for one) which they then have to teach back out of their precision riflemen. Basic Rifle Marksmanship instruction in the Army or even the Marines is just that: an entry level course to bring the lumpenproletariat to basic combat effectiveness, informed by the fact that 90% of these guys will never file a rifle in combat unless something goes grievously wrong. The Loose Rounds guys (it’s a group blog) get that. And if they’re putting out bad info, we’re missing it: everything they say about shooting sounds to us good and grounded in reality.
All in all, it’s a very good site, all quality, no filler. WeaponsMan likes it.
(And yes, this post is backdated and actually went up Thursday. It’s one of those weeks, with a lot of work and a lot of travel).