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I grew up in a beautiful farmhouse located on a picturesque dirt road. The home was situated on nearly seventy-five acres of rich farmland. Our backyard was huge. During the summer months, my parents, my sister, my friends, and me often played games in the backyard. I particularly enjoyed playing volleyball and badminton in our spacious backyard. On one particular occasion, one of my friends became so competitive that he got tangled in the volleyball net while attempting to prevent the ball from hitting the ground. I have many fond memories of playing sports at my childhood home. On this blog, you will discover the best types of sports equipment to purchase for your backyard.

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Buying A Mil Spec Nickel Boron Bolt Carrier Group For Your AR-15 Or M16

by Pat Berry

Gun enthusiasts know all about bolt carriers. At least, they know enough to tell you what a bolt carrier group is. It is the bolt that helps cock the trigger, and the carrier that holds the bullets and absorbs some of the recoil energy when you are firing a semi-automatic weapon. So, how does one buy something as specific as a mil spec nickel boron bolt carrier group? That certainly sounds like a mouthful, but such a description sums up for you exactly what this bolt carrier group accessory is. It may even hint at the idea on how to buy one, if you know your military abbreviations. Here is a closer look on what this item is, and how to buy it for your gun collection (IF you have the right weapons for such things).

​The Mil Spec Nickel Boron Bolt Carrier Group

"Mil spec" means "military specifications." That means that this accessory or component is built to military specifications, and not civilian specifications. It is meant to handle the repetitious firing of a weapon in war, period. Next, the "nickel boron" part refers to what the component is made of; nickel boron. Nickel boron is a metal alloy that is exceedingly strong and takes quite a beating without ever rusting or corroding. That is important for a weapon on the battlefield, to be sure. A "bolt carrier" is the part of the gun that contains the gun bolt, a mechanism that causes the trigger to prepare to fire, and the bullet chamber itself. It also has a spring inside that ejects the spent shell casings of some pretty large bullets. As part of the "bolt carrier group," it is part of a grouping of smaller components that make up the component as a whole.

​What It Is Used For

People who own an AR-15 or M16 can buy this specific bolt carrier to "upgrade" their guns and make them superior to the "civilian" editions. However, there are dozens of gun stores and companies that have refused to sell anything "mil spec" to civilians unless the civilians produce special licenses and/or certification cards that prove that it is okay for these folks to purchase "mil spec" merchandise. You may have to spend a lot of time first tracking down these specific parts, and then weeding out who to buy from that will actually sell you the part. Of course, you could always have a military buddy buy the mil spec nickel boron bolt carrier group for you as a Christmas present.