Encyclopedic Error

Debunking old wives’ tales in gunsmithing the AR-15.

by Joe Carlos

Google doesn’t offer a “book definition” and I don’t claim to have coined the phrase, but I define “encyclopedic error” as an explanation that seems sensible and is accepted as true because it’s repeated often but isn’t actually tested and doesn’t hold up to scientific scrutiny. While I’ve included examples of encyclopedic error as subtopics in previous articles, I have enough examples for an entire article. Some examples of encyclopedic error have flourished for decades, largely unchallenged.

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