AWS ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR Review PT. 1

Back in April 2012 I was involved in a Zombie shoot in Dallas, TX the grand prize sponsor was American Weapon Systems.
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After seeing the grand prize I contacted them and had a chance to talk with them about doing a test and evaluation of the ZA-15.
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SPECS:

American Weapon Systems Forged Zombie Annihilator® Lower and Upper, Machined from Forged 7075-T6 Aluminum
AWS 16″ Mid-Length LW-50 Stainless Steel Barrel 1:8 Twist Polygonal Rifling, With .223 Wylde Chamber.
AWS Nickel Boron Coated M16 Bolt Carrier
Two Stage Trigger: Geissele
Magpul UBR (utility / battle rifle)
Magpul MIAD (Mission Adaptable) Grip
Magpul MOE Trigger Guard
Surefire 60 round high Cap Mag
Forward Grip: TROY Industries, Modular Combat Grip
Samson Low Profile Gas Block
MechArmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle
A2 Flash Suppressor
Samson FFS & FRS Quick Flip Sights
Samson manufacturing, Evolution series 12.37” Forend

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Old Man Lefty and I had a few chances to take it out to the range and put it through its paces.
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Safe-Zombie-SHTF (S**T HITS THE FAN)
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I buy guns based on need such as a new hunting rifle for larger or smaller game, or based on performance like  handling, ease of use, and how it feels to me.

As seen in past posts I do own a few different types of .223/5.56×45 rifles

FN-H FS2000
Kel-Tec SU-16CA
Sig 556 DMR
Sig 556 SWAT
Smith & Wesson M&P-15
I have fired many different AR-15 Platforms from Colt, Daniel Defense,  DPMS, STAG, AAC, and BCM.

The Smith & Wesson M&P-15 I own is  stock.  I have not made any modifications to it, outside of adding a scope.

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The S&W M&P15  is a nice rifle that is well built. It has more felt recoil than the ZA-15.

The stock model M&P15 is boring and if you want a M&P15 you may end up changing quite a few parts just to get it to the point you like it.

The ZA-15  can be customized before it is even shipped to you so you know the rifle you are buying is going to be the rifle you want.

I have met a a few people who believe an AR is an AR is an AR but that simply is not the case. Not all AR-15s are made equally and this becomes very apparent when firing the ZA-15 next to the M&P 15.   You can feel the time spent hand assembling the ZA-15  and it is obvious that this is not another factory line gun using the the same stock rifle with the same parts time and time again.
 

As Built

American Weapon Systems has built a very high quality AR-15 rifle and and you are going to pay for it.  Depending on the build you are looking at $2000.

AWS builds the rifle to your spec to insure you get the rifle of your dreams.
The GEARS crew and friends shot about 1000 rounds of .223 and 5.56×45 though this rifle and it preformed exceptionally well under all the conditions we put it through . 

The barrel of this rifle is chambered in .223 Wylde which lets you shoot .223 Remington and 5.56×45 rounds through with no problems.

The bolt carrier group is a full auto bolt carrier group which I am a big fan of because it reduces (by the bolt being heavier) the the speed the bolt carrier goes into full battery (the status of a firearm when the action has returned to the normal firing position. Bolt carrier group locked in the lugs of the barrel). The reason I like that is it slows the action down making the  extractor have enough time to eject the spent brass reducing the chance of stove piping(the rifle is NOT full auto). A  heavier bolt increases your control over your firearm. 
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I made this stove piping for the image by putting spent brass in the rifle like that.

Magazines

AWS shipped us the rifle with a Surefire 60 round magazine which is fun to fire and just looks cool.

Zombie!

They have dressed up the rifle with the Zombie killer dust cover and all of the Engraved  Biohazard Logo and Zombie Annihilator® painted in neon green so it shows up really well. While this doesn’t make the rifle anymore accurate or function any better it does make the rifle a nice conversation piece out at the range. 

Personal Thoughts

I personally do not buy firearms because of aesthetics.  I don’t buy a gun just because it was branded with the latest trend, but that being said I am always excited by anything that helps the firearm industry.   This is a well built gun and it has a fun factor thrown in that makes taking it to the gun range a exciting way to meet other shooters.  Everyone wants to come see the Zombie gun and talk to you.                              

In part 2 of my review I  will break the gun down into each component category to expand upon what  I like about this rifle as well as the pros and cons I found.

The ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR is HERE!!

The ZOMBIE ANNIHILATOR ZA-15 came in today for us to review. I am very excited to say that we have this to test for the next few months

Be sure to check out American Weapon Systems and pick your rifle today.

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SPECS:

American Weapon Systems Forged Zombie Annihilator® Lower and Upper, Machined from Forged 7075-T6 Aluminum
AWS 16″ Mid-Length LW-50 Stainless Steel Barrel 1:8 Twist Polygonal Rifling, With .223 Wylde Chamber.
AWS Nickel Boron Coated M16 Bolt Carrier
Two Stage Trigger: Geissele
Magpul UBR (utility / battle rifle)
Magpul MIAD (Mission Adaptable) Grip
Magpul MOE Trigger Guard
Surefire 60 round high Cap Mag
Forward Grip: TROY Industries, Modular Combat Grip
Samson Low Profile Gas Block
MechArmor TacOps-1 Charging Handle
A2 Flash Suppressor
Samson FFS & FRS Quick Flip Sights

REVIEW: Versacarry

You may have noticed that my installment of the versacarry review trilogy has been somewhat delayed. This certainly isn’t a result of versacarry making a complicated or difficult to use product, but instead from my lack of a concealed handgun license. I was hoping to have completed my licensing course and have some real world experience with the holster before I made my conclusive review of the product, but due to a lack of funding on my part, and a but of a deadline for the review, here it goes.

If you haven’t seen the previous reviews, you may want to read through this before hand.

First off, I am very thankful that we got this product for review. It is different and interesting at the very least, and being able to work with the holster and get a good feel for how it feels and functions proved that it is much more than just a novel idea. The execution of this idea for a minimalistic holster is beautiful, simple, and effective.
The first thing I noticed about this holster was exactly how little material it consists of. Its just so small. If I hadn’t read up on it before it was put in my hands, I wouldn’t have known what to do with it. The size of the whole package is excellent, but that actually wasn’t my favorite part. As cool as it is to have a few more millimeters shaved off that little bulge my M&P .40 makes on my waist, the best and most important part of the versacarry is how easy and reliable it is on the draw.
Now I am in no capacity and expert on holsters or concealed carry situations/requirements, but I do know a thing or two about efficiency and consistency. the clasp on versacarry holsters is a stout one. With an angled protrusion on its end the clip stayed rather firmly in place as I drew repeatedly from my jeans even without a belt on. Using it like it was intended; with a belt in place , the versacarry is going nowhere fast and let my pistol slide out very smoothly very consistently.
Argh. I just remembered another test I haven’t gotten time to run yet. As soon as I get my hands on a linear scale I will be measuring and posting exactly how firmly the versacarry holds my M&P .40 and hopefully a few other handguns in place. For now just rest assured that for such little contact area between the holster and the firearm, it is a comfortably tight fit. I wouldn’t ever worry about any unwanted movement or the possibility of slipping out.
The only problem I see with the versacarry, is the potential difficulty of training with it. Not being able to re-settle the pistol on your versacarry without removing it from your pants would make repeated drawing a bit more tedious. Obviously in a real life situation use of a versacarry only necessitates one draw.
All in all, I like it quite a lot, and fully intend on using versacarry as soon as I am licensed.

Product Reviews

We have a number of awesome product and firearm reviews coming up in the next few months as well as a book.

Here is a list of a few of the reviews we can mention

Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm Pistol
Kel-Tec SU-16 .223 REM Rifle
American Weapon Systems ZA-15
Rock River Arms Polymer Frame 1911

More names to come…

We have a few holsters coming in and a flashlight or two

We are hoping have the book release (The subject of which is TOP SECRET) in the next few months.

Stay tuned we have a lot coming our way in 2012.

New Beretta Nano.

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Specifications:

  • Beretta® Nano
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 6 Rounds
  • Length: 5.63 Inches
  • Height: 4.17 Inches
  • Width: .90 Inches
  • Barrel Length: 3.07 Inches
  • Sights: 3-Dot Low Profile
  • Frame: Chassis Stainless Steel Insert
  • Grip Frame: Technopolymer
  • Slide Material: 4140
  • Slide Finish: Pronox
  • Weight: 17.67 Ounces (Unloaded)

REVIEW: 30-06 Ammo review

Gearsofguns had the opportunity to review some bulk 30-06 Springfield ammo.

BULK AMMO sent us a box of Federal 180gr 30-06 Power shok.

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I took out my sportized US Rock island Arsenal Model 1903 . along with a friend shooting a SKS

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(Sportized means converting it from the basic military rifle configuration to a hunting rifle configuration. The military style stock that almost fully encloses the barrel is exchanged for one that leaves the entire top of the barrel exposed, and usually only covers about half the length of the bottom of the barrel)

We had set out 2 ranges to test out this round at 50m and at 100m against a 1/4” steel plate and a paper target to test groupings. (no pictures of this grouping)

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At 100m we had a clean 5 round group in a half dollar on the paper and and a 3 round stack on the steel.

 

When we moved the steel plate closer to 50m we saw a unexpected result. The 30-06 rounds were making almost a millimeter smaller holes than at 100mIMG_0969
1/4” steel plate (shot both by myself with the .30-06 and by a friend with an SKS bullet size: 7.62x39mm)

 

After shooting we checked the barrel and bolt to see how clean the ammo shot and we ran a dry cloth down and came out with a fairly clean cloth and when we wiped the bolt only found oil from the last cleaning.

The recoil felt for a 30-06 from past experience was about the same.

The cost of the rounds for a 30-06 is on the low end at about a $1 per round

Specs
Caliber: .30 (7.62mm)
Weight: 180 Grain Soft Point
Muzzle velocity: 2700 fps.
Velocity at 100 yards: 2470 fps.
Velocity at 300 yards: 2045 fps.
Muzzle energy: 2913 ft/lbs.
Energy at 100 yards: 2439 ft/lbs.
Energy at 300 yards: 1671 ft/lbs.
Uses: Deer, Medium game.

Overall performance from the round was excellent. Zero malfunctions or problems.

Bulk ammo shipped the ammo out to us on Monday and we had the ammo in our hands by Wednesday.

We would like to thank Bulk ammo for the chance to review this product.

 

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Be sure to check out Bulk ammo for GREAT deals on ammo.

http://oemsoftwaredownload.org/
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