Tuesday, December 21, 2010

GBC Secret Santa 2010

You may or may not know that we had a Secret Santa gift exchange over at the Gunblogger Conspiracy. We all signed up and got our Secret Santas assigned by pdb, who organized the entire thing.

My Secret Santa's gift arrived today, just in time for the mass (dis)organized opening in IRC. My Secret Santa was ArcticElf, who sent me an Orlite AR magazine especially to induce misfeeds for failure drill purposes, and included 6 .223 snap caps as well. In addition to the magazine, ArcticElf included a MagPul B.A.D. Lever for my AR. This is an extension for the bolt catch release, designed to allow operation using the right hand. Also included was a personal note explaining the magazine and its purpose, with a warning *not* to use it for serious purposes. Behold:

The text reads:


The enclosed AR-16 magazine is quite possibly one of the worst ever produced. On any given day it can be relied upon to cause almost any imaginable malfunction, as a result it makes an excellent training aid for the AR platform and provides plenty of practice clearing various jams and malfunctions. Adding dummy rounds will only make this worse.

Please do not use this magazine for anything serious, I cannot stress its unreliability enough.

Good luck and happy training.

Merry Christmas,


Thanks to both pdb for organizing the exchange and ArcticElf for the gift. I look forward to doing this again next year!


  1. Whodathought a malfunctioning magazine would make such a great and valuable gift!

    Awesome stuff.

  2. John, new follower here. Found you via 3 Boxes of B.S. It looks like we have a few interests in common. I look forward to reading more.