It would be easy for me to bask in the accolades that have been showering upon me since the publication of the steel vs. brass ammo test. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally doing that.

But this test would not have been possible without other people. My name is at the top, but their fingers are all over it.

In Arizona:

Zach and Paul are featured prominently in lots of photos from the test for a reason. They came out to the range with me countless times to shoot lots of ammunition. Zach also helped manage the range portions of the test, which made a big difference when I had to be taking photos or examining a rifle. Zach’s wife Marina was everywhere, from shooting to loading magazines to making delicious guacamole and cookies.

Mike helped with cutting and sectioning the barrels, without which the test would have been not nearly as visually interesting. He also came out to shoot a number of times.

Nick supplied AR small parts and magazines.

Adam, Seamus and Martin of 1MOA Solutions came out to shoot, drink (not at the same time), and decorate my house with My Little Pony figurines while I was away.

Jeff not only shot, but helped haul ammo in his truck and brought a canopy to help keep everyone out of the sun.

Michelle occupied space at the range and stared at her fingernails a lot.

Jim flew in from out of town to shoot, but mostly to hang out with me while I was pulled over by the local police for driving in a manner which upset them.

Scott, Gene, Dylan, Wanda, Terry, Chris, Nathan, and other people whose names I have unfortunately forgotten helped pull triggers.

My dad let me borrow his truck to haul ammo and was only mildly upset when I brought it back covered in mud.

Everyone who shot was a big help, but I really appreciated those who returned for a second or seventh day. To the average reader, this might sound like a dream job – but after dozens of hours in the heat, firing until you can’t feel your index finger, it took a lot of dedication on their part to keep coming back.

Across America and Around the World:

Roy, Colleen, Chris, Rob, Ando, and others gave me a lot to think about when I sent them early draft versions of the post. So did Chris Bartocci and Ned Christiansen.

Paul helped with some of the technical side and Rico made me think about some things from a different perspective.

John at Rainier supplied the awesome Raptor charging handles, Earl at IWC the excellent sling mounts, and Tom at Spikes the backup uppers.

It’s easy to sum up what these people did in a single sentence, but every mention here at the very least saved me a lot of time and aggravation, and in most cases resulted in a test that was better and more complete than I ever could have accomplished by myself.


7 thoughts on “Thanks”

  1. Had a great time helping you put a dent in the ammo. I’ll be in Dallas soon but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to come help out with other projects. I’m still new to the industry in a manner that some may consider juvenile, but it was awesome to not only network with a professional person, but also to hang out with a generally cool guy. Don’t thank me for reading, I thank you again for having me.

  2. Great write up sir. This brought up interesting points that I think a lot of people hadn’t imagined. I am glad that there is someone like yourself who presents information like this in a non-biased and concise format. Well done and thank you!
    -David G

  3. Thanks Andrew for driving it, and to everybody that chipped in to make the test happen and onto the web for the rest of us.

  4. I really like that you use the scientific method for experimentation on topics that gun enthusiasts find terribly interesting. I only hope that that your increased access to resources via Lucky Gunner can bring to light even more ambitious projects.

    Just 1 lingering question. What did you do with all those My Little ponies? You know you could have signed them and sold them for millions now that you are even more famous right?

  5. Here is to encouraging a blogging trend: gratitude!

    I guess steel projectiles are old hat in the gun business. They are cheap and they cheapen the barrels used to fire them.

    Thanks for the post. I may consider lucky gunner once the panic buying blows over.

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