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Why Would I Want an Adjustable Gas Block?

Adjustable gas blocks come in a number of forms.  Some have 3 pre-set positions that the operator can select like “normal”, “adverse” for when your gun is really dirty and you don’t have time to clean it, and “off” for when you want to manually cycle the action.  Some have settings for “suppressed” for when using a sound suppressor.  These are most common on military rifles and one of the earliest was the Belgian FN-FAL.  It’s gas block had a nut that could be unscrewed one click at a time which gradually exposed a gas port which would vent excess gas pressure.  This threaded nut concept is useful because the operator could set it exactly where he wants it for his gun and his ammo instead of just having a “normal” or “adverse” setting.  This ensures the gun is set to where it will run reliably without running excessively hard causing more recoil and wear on parts than necessary.

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This concept has made it into the aftermarket parts industry as well for guns like the M1 Garand and AR-15 where adjustable gas plugs or gas blocks can be installed by the operator or a gunsmith.  I’ll focus on the AR-15 adjustable gas blocks since they have become quite popular for those building custom guns or upgrading their current rifle.  A few years ago, when adjustable gas blocks were relatively new on AR-15s, they simply consisted of a gas block with a screw in the side that would gradually cut off the gas flow from the barrel to the gas tube as you screwed it in.  This is the simplest type to manufacture and quite a few companies make them now.  Some of the most popular examples of these are made by JP Enterprises which have been around for years.  PRI has also made one for a while and Wilson Combat and several others have recently come out with their own designs. These work well, but the screw isn’t secured in any way, so it could technically drift since it’s not locked in place.  In practice, carbon builds up in the threads and normally keeps the screw setting stable.  This style is still widely used and liked today, especially for competition shooters.

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But many shooters want things that are locked down and can’t come loose during a competition or a self defense situation no matter what.  So this led to adjustable gas blocks with lockable settings.  Lockable settings can consist of a second screw that is tightened into the side of the adjustment screw to lock it into position once you got the setting where you want it.  This is a simple approach that works and is used on some high quality gas blocks like those from Seekins Precision.  The Seekins Precision Adjustable Gas Block uses a brass locking screw to secure the set screw.  The most recent development are those with spring loaded detents which click into position every quarter turn as you adjust the set screw.  Popular examples of these are made by Syrac Ordinance and SLR Rifleworks.  The nice thing about this is that all you have to do is turn the set screw with an Allen wrench and it locks in place automatically as you go, so you don’t need to tighten a second screw and it stays very secure on the setting you want and it’s easier lock into position while under a handguard.  Additionally, with audible click settings, you can keep tract of settings and adjust it by a known number of clicks for a certain type of ammo for example.

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So what can you expect to get from using and adjustable gas block on your AR-15 or AR-10 type rifle?  Many guns come over-gassed from the factory and run the bolt carrier group harder than it needs to, so it can be tuned down a bit to feel softer recoiling while still functioning properly.  You also have the option of trying a different buffer system and optimizing the gas flow to work with that buffer.  One of the most effective ways to use an adjustable gas block is to pair it with a lightweight bolt carrier and then tune down the gas to get the speed and reliability right.  This makes for less reciprocating mass for less movement of the gun as it cycles and quicker sight picture recovery for the next shot.  This concept was popularized by JP Enterprises as the Low Mass Operating System or LMOS and now several other manufacturers are making light weight bolt carriers as well.  A fringe benefit of tuning down the gas is that it may run a bit cleaner with less gas going through the bolt carrier.

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Not all ARs can benefit from and Adjustable Gas Block since some don’t have too much gas coming out of the gas port and you wouldn’t want to tune it down further.  But for guns running very hard, or for those who want to use a light weight bolt carrier, it can be very useful.  One thing to remember is that you can’t increase gas pressure with an adjustable gas block.  The full pressure is determined by the gas port location and size in the barrel.  An Adjustable Gas Block can only tune down gas pressure.  But they do have a useful place in firearms design and are something you might want to consider if building or customizing an AR type rifle.

Customer Review: Kynshot AR-15 Carbine Buffer with JP Buffer Spring

Jason, of Indiana, emailed us a GREAT review of the Kynshot AR-15 Carbine Buffer and the JP Buffer Spring for the AR-15 Carbine ! Here’s what he had to say:

“I received the Kynshot and JP spring Friday before I left for work.  I got them both installed, but I didn’t have time to shoot it until Saturday.

Saturday, I went out with my 9 yo son for some shooting.  We were sighting in some new ammo I just received that morning, Federal 5.56 XM-855. I am assuming that ammo packs a little more punch than .223.  It was very comfortable for both of us to shoot.  The recoil is still there, bu it is spread out over time, instead of a quick shot.  I’m really happy with the upgrade.

It does shoot smoothly, and also muzzle rise is reduced.  My 9 yo noticed and could explain the difference he felt in shooting.  He is as unbiased as you can get.  All he knows is what happens when he pulls the trigger, and he likes it.  He said the same that I thought.  It doesn’t kick as hard, and the red dot doesn’t go up near as much.  I should have him write a review!

Thanks again for all your help.”

Thank you, Jason, for shopping at www.Nokick.com!

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Customer Review: Syrac Ordnance GEN II Adjustable Gas Block .750″

Syrac Ordnance Gen II Gas BlockSteve of Castle Pines, CO gave the Syrac Ordnance GEN II Adjustable Gas Block .750″ a 5 star review! Here’s what he had to say:

“Best $100 upgrade to kill recoil and wear: I looked for one of these everywhere and Nokick is the only place that had them. I wanted the Gen2 but couldn’t find one. Decided to buy the Gen1 but when I received my order, it was the Gen2! I notified Brian and he will update the site.

I have a CMMG 5.56 with a carbine gas system. Wasn’t happy with the over gassing that so many AR’s have these days. I tried a heavier buffer and spring but this just makes the forward slam that much worse. I installed the Syrac block and the factory buffer and spring and noticed about a 50% reduction in recoil after some tuning. Also purchased a compensator and the felt recoil was reduced about 70%. Follow up shots are stupid simple and my rifle is just that much more enjoyable.

When cleaning my rifle, my BCG was almost spotless. Normally everything is filthy but the reduced gas kept my rifle much cleaner.

With less gas being shot into my upper, I will get longer life out of my gas rings, bolt lugs, buffer spring, bolt, etc.

Thanks!”

Thank you, Steve, for shopping at www.Nokick.com!

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