“MIl-Spec” – The Minimum Standard For Quality

“Milspec” is a sales buzzword that provides a loose definition of the minimum standard of quality for a specific dependable combat weapon. There are several brands that say they are milspec and are not even close to that minimum level of acceptable quality.

If you are buying a weapon for fun or for just plinking, anything will do. If your weapon is for work, home or self defense- you should look more closely at the options you are considering.

If a brand is providing weapons that don’t feature these examples they aren’t meeting “milspec”:

-milspec receiver extensions versus commercial

-1/7 twist

-5.56 chambers

-auto bolt carrier group

-staked gas key and castle nut

Those are just some simple examples that are easily checked.

The combination of 1/7 twist and 5.56 chambers are set for specific types of military grade ammunition (m855 and m193 for example). If you plan on shooting light weight ammunition, 1/9 twist works fine. 1/8 provides a well rounded performance for various projectiles. Medium and longer/heavier projectiles work well with 1/7 twist.

A “milspec” carbine would use a carbine length gas system. Most people that know better prefer a midlength gas system in a carbine.

To make matters more complicated -commercially sold weapons are incapable of being the same spec as military grade weapons. There is a whole technical data package (tdp) associated with military production and it is tightly controlled.

FN’s military contract weapons have a completely separate production from their commercial line. This seperation is due to the military tdp not being allowed to be used in the commercial variants.

Recap- the term milspec is thrown around to sell to people who do not know better. Milspec is the minimum for quality for a specific type of rifle. There are better methods and means available, you just need to study to know what to look for.

Matt Landfair
Lead Editor/Contributor at Primary & Secondary
Active Law Enforcement background since before the turn of the century in the middle of no where. Firearms instructor, armorer, has attended numerous training courses including DARC, Follow Through Consulting, EAG, TMacs, and more boring mandatory popo training you can shake a stick at. Has died a million deaths by powerpoint. He has written for RECOIL Magazine, Breach Bang Clear, Soldier Systems Daily and Monderno. Enjoys long walks on the beach, blah blah blah… Known as Matt Prime or Riafdnal in some circles.
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