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Prudent gun nuts should be ready for the ascendancy of Hillary Clinton to the Oval Office. As in the Grant Administration, everything will be for sale. Everything. Like Lt. Milo Minderbinder in Catch-22, who rented out the 256th Bomb Group, our armed forces will be available to any country or potentate who makes a hefty enough donation to the Clinton Foundation. Do you want B-52s appearing in someone’s skies? Do you yearn for ICBMs streaking toward their cities? Do you lust for Delta Force teams working their voodoo on someone you really dislike? Easy. Just fork over.

Anyone who has ever annoyed the former Secretary of State will vanish. Fox News will have to re-staff. Rep. Trey Goudy will never be seen again.

Because Mrs. Clinton has stated her belief in commonsense gun control, which is a buzzword for no guns at all, there will be no guns for anyone who is not wealthy and/or influential and can make a hefty contribution to you know what. This is known as the “Bloomberg Model,” and is pretty much how things work in New York City.

In light of all this, and being prudent, I have been looking at ARs, and have had the pleasure of shooting the SIG-Sauer 716 DMR, which stands for Designated Marksman Rifle. It is a finely made, heavy, expensive, gas piston 7.62mm rifle that comes with an interesting set of barrel-break-in instructions that appear to work to perfection, and which you might like to know about.

Starting with a brand-new rifle, you first clean the bore thoroughly with a brush and solvent, getting everything out of there that isn’t steel. Then, using match ammunition (I assume this is to keep you from using some kind of horrible, corrosive, low-rent 7.62 ammo that was made in Lower Volta. I used Federal Match.) you fire one round and clean the bore. Repeat this five times. It’s a pain in the ass because after every shot you have to break the action and remove the bolt carrier and charging handle and then reassemble everything.

For Step Two you repeat the process, firing two shots instead of one, and then cleaning after each pair. Do this five times.

For Step Three you fire five groups of five shots, cleaning after each group. The total is forty rounds of ammo. That’s it.

I went through the drill, and then shot the 716 DMR using 175-grain Lake City Match ammo—probably 20 rounds. I cleaned the bore, using just a brush and solvent, no J-B Compound, and took a look down it with my Hawkeye Bore Scope. The bore was absolutely immaculate. Not a trace of copper. Not an iota.
To be honest, this is one of the finer barrels I have ogled. It’s in a league with Schneider and Pac-Nor and Hart and Shilen and all the top-rank tubes. Flawless; not a toolmark, not a scratch, not a pit, not a ding.

I don’t know how this break in procedure would work on a barrel of lesser quality, but it sure as hell came through on this one, and I pass the process along to you, compliments of SIG-Sauer.