AR-15 Podcast 229 - Aimpoint

Welcome to Episode 229 of the AR15 Podcast.  John Enloe from  Aimpoint is joining us tonight.

Weekly Update:

Reed:

JD:

John:
 

Main Topic:

Who is John

History of Aimpoint

Qustions?

Ben: Any plans for a small reflex type sight like the RMR?
Rick: Will price point on Patrol optic continue to go down or a more budget friendly red dot for rifles on the way

Charlie: Any tips on maintenance? Things NOT to do (hot car, Hoppe's, etc...) Are they coming out with a green PRO? I like my Pro - but I've also used a friends green dot (Trijicon?) which is really nice for low light. Any tips for aging eyes?

Chris: With the popularity of clone/retro rifles any plans on reintroducing a "Legacy Line" of optics such as the Aimpoint 5000 or 3000?

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AR-15 Podcast 231 - Mission 22

Welcome to Episode 226 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode JD has a quick conversation with Brad Hubbard of Mission 22.

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Main Topic:

Brad Hubbard of Mission 22

What is Mission 22… quick description

How did Mission 22 come into existence

How does Mission 22 serve the Veteran Community?

Why is this important? Are the current services in place failing our Vets?

How would you like to see it grow?

How can we get involved?

How do we get in contact?

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AR-15 Podcast 226 - Vortex Optics

Welcome to Episode 226 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode Reed and JD have a phone conversation with Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics.

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Main Topic:

Vortex Optics

 

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AR-15 Podcast 225 - Mad Dog Weapon Systems

Welcome to Episode 225 of the AR15 Podcast. Tonight we sit down with Mark Kexel of Mad Dog Weapon System to discuss their wide range of AR calibers.

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What’s Up?

Reed

JD

Mark Kexel

Main Topic:

Who is Mark

How was MDWS born

.277 Wolverine

7mm Valkyrie Ar

.358 Yeti

30 Sabercat

6mm-mongoose

Questions….

Tyler - Any crazy calibers they’re nuts over? Like top 5-10 lol
And the calibers intended purpose and maybe some unintended uses for them. Are they primarily focusing on the smaller platform (Ar15) or will they do work with the larger ones? I’m also kind of looking for a wildcat that makes use of unusual combinations of brass/bullets/powder. Just as something different. Also thank you mad dog for coming on!

John - What can we expect as far as factory support for ammunition, firearm parts, and reloading components going forward

Daniel -  Ask if the .277 works well in belt fed weapons.

Jeff - Best caliber choice in ar15 platform for whitetail . Bullet weight from 90 to 120 grains ..
Range out to 200 yds. 
I'm leaning towards something in 6mm for bullet selection ..

Smokin Gun Labradors - hat about the 257 Ocelot?

Outro:

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AR-15 Podcast 224 - Catching up with Faxon Firearms

Welcome to Episode #224 of the AR15 Podcast.  Tonight we catch up with Faxon Firearms.

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What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. JD

  3. Patrick Murphy

Main Topic:

Topics

       Tell us about yourself. Your backstory

        New Products AR-related

        ARAK

        Barrels & Hand Guards

        What's coming up in the future?

        Glock Barrels.... - Not AR Related... but pretty cool

 


 Listener Questions....



Reed will help with these questions also.

Gary - Recommended pistol barrel lengths, bullet weights and should your gas block be adjustable to help tune.

Tyler - I would be interested in any info in regards to barrel length and twist rate. Or are those 2 things mutually exclusive? Like, do shorter barrels need a faster twist rate?

Jared -  Status on ARAK-21 items (handguard extension, other caliber BAUs) and ARAK-31

JT - What degree of degradation in accuracy, if any, happens in a pencil profiled barrel as the barrel heats up

Tyler - Melonite vs chrome lined!

Roan - Can I order an assembled upper from them? They literally have everything I want.

When can we see a 10mm AR barrel
 

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 222 - Our Thoughts on Las Vegas

Welcome to Episode #222 of the AR15 Podcast.  Tonight we talk about what happened in Las Vegas.

Hey guys… I appreciate you all. I’m heading to bed soon and snuggling my Lowers. Have a good show gentlemen and the Asian guy. - JD

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What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. Anthony

  3. Mike

Main Topic:

Being in the Moment

Whats going?

How’s everyone going to react?

Crowd vs Shooter

Bystander Effect

What to do?

Vigilance

Situational Awareness

Foreseeability of an Event

Preparation

Foreseeable Consequences

Timothy McVei

Twin Towers

Bump Fire stocks

Knife attacks

Media/Political Response

The Balance of Interests

Do we give up our freedoms to have absolute assurance of safety

Do we accept risk and tragedy to have absolute assurance of freedom

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AR-15 Podcast 221 - Today's Trends - Past, Present & Future Builds

Welcome to Episode #221 of the AR15 Podcast.  Tonight we talk about Today's Trends and the evolution of our builds.

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What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. J.D.

  3. Graham  

What have you built for me lately…?

J.D.

  • 5.56 SBR Aero Upper and Lower

  • LWRC Ultra Compact Stock Kit

  • Faxon 10.5 Pencil Barrel - Group Buy on AR15.com Canceled

  • SA Adjustable Gas Block  

  • F-1 Firearms C7K Contoured Handguard

  • SX3 BCG

  • Wisconsin Trigger Company

.308

  • Aero Builders Set

  • 18", MEDIUM TAPERED, .308 WIN, RIFLE-LENGTH, 416-R STAINLESS QPQ - Faxon

  • Magpul PRS

  • Glass is up in the air

  • Aero Nickel Boron Bolt Carrier Group, Complete

6.5. Creedmoor

  • Aero Builders Set

  • Luth-AR MBA-1 adjustable stock

  • Aero - Bolt Carrier Group, Complete - Black Nitride

  • Aero Enhanced LPK

Future….. Brownells M16a1 Clone… NFA Side Charging 9mm or .308  

Reed

6.5 Grendel -

  • Aero Builder’s Set

  • Brownells Barrel/Bolt

  • Troy BUIS

  • Syrac Ordnance Low Pro Gas Block

  • Magpul Furniture

  • Trifecta Suppressor Mount

  • Geisselle Trigger (

  • Strike Industries Accessories

  • Magpul Rail Accessories

.357 Sig SBR -

  • Quarter Circle 10

  • YHM MR7 Handguard

  • Crimson Trace LinQ

  • Magpul BUIS

  • Magpul Stock/Grip

6.5 Creedmoor -

  • SWFA SS

  • 20 MOA Rail

  • American Defense Mount

Future…. .243 AR

Graham

Incomplete SBR

F1 firearms set

Seekins Precision 9” handgaurd

Seekins safety, mag release

LWRC ultra compact stock

LWRC charging handle (ambi)

SX3 BCG chrome lined and treflon coated

CMC Lantac 3.5lb trigger

Feedback:

Ben S: Hey guys! I love the show, but you are fueling my addiction. I am starting an aero build inspired by your advice. My question is how far can I veer from aero parts. Is it ok to use a BCM bolt or an FN barrel? I'm sure you guys covered this at some point so I hope I'm not asking a repetitive question. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Keep up the fantastic work!!!!!

Dustin B: I just finished hiking the Appalachian Trail (2189.8 miles) and learned so much from you guys along the way. I finished the trail 2 weeks ago and have already built my first AR. I'd love to send you guys a pic, but I'm not sure how. Show some love to the Corps.....Reed. Semper-Fi. Gunny

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AR-15 Podcast 220 - Be Prepared

Welcome to Episode #220 of the AR15 Podcast. Being Prepared  

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What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. J.D.

  3. Anthony

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Being Prepared

What does it mean? DoomsDay Prepper? Is it normal?

Events… Mother Nature or Man Made.

Planning Food - Water - Shelter - Protection

Mind Set

Why an AR?

Which AR?

What would you take?

 

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 219 - Adam Kraut NFA

Welcome to Episode #219 of the AR15 Podcast. Adam Kraut Running for the NRA Board and Your NFA Questions

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What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. J.D.

  3. Adam

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Adam Kraut….

  1. Who he is and why he’s running.

  2. Change he wants to see from the NRA

Check with Adam in anything he wants to promo

Questions

Zachary D: I know you've done several shows about acquiring NFA items, but don't think you've ever done one about what the rules are after you get your items. I envision this being similar to what a lawyer would provide to his client after drafting up a trust and the do's and don'ts for staying out of trouble.

Suggested topics include:

1. Traveling with your items;

2. federal laws, vs. state;

3. Do you really need to get permission from the ATF to transport across state lines?

4. How far ahead do you need to start planning if you do need ATF approval?

5. Does federal law trump state law when it comes to NFA items?
6. Loaning your items out - Is it ok to hand to the guy next to you at the range to let him try your silencer / SBR?

7. What about letting your wife or child use the item if they're not on your trust?

*****: What do you need to do to SBR an 80% lower

Joseph: If, hypothetically I have a trust that my wife doesn't know about right now and I add her later to the trust, what would she have to do to have access to the silencers or sbrs already owned in the trust?

Craig: What does it cost to set up a Gun Trust through them? Is it easy? How many people need to be on the trust?

Craig V: What's the difference between a single shot/Unlimited trust vs a NFA Gun Trust?(both of which Silencer shop offer)Also is there any difference in wait times for a SBR stamp vs a stamp for a can? Thanks again! You guys are my go-to source!

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 218 - Listener Feedback Part 2

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Welcome to Episode #218 of the AR15 Podcast. This week we have some more listener feedback.

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What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. J.D.

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Listener Feedback…

Samuel B: Hi guys. Love the show!  When I build my next AR I am considering putting a scope and offset iron sights on it. My question is, with options ranging in price from $20 to $200.  Are there any offset irons that you guys can suggest based on positive personal experience? Thank you.

Curt H: Guys, I've been having a discussion with a friend about the 300 blackout he wants. He claims that a piston system works better with a silencer than DI. Do you know if this is true and if so why?

kiki kiki: Hello Reed and JD..... I have one AR-15 Lower and multiple uppers... all my uppers have an assortment of different 2 chamber muzzle brakes... from Surefire procomp to Wheaton arms 2 chamber brake! what these brakes all have in common is carbon build up on barrel crown face! No matter how many times I clean them, few 100 rounds later build up back! Cleaning becomes a pain, since you have to remove muzzle brake and reinstall and time with a new Crush Washer! Is this something I should worry about or just ignore...thanks kiki

Don: Glad to hear you back after a few weeks away. My question is about acceptable weight range for an AR-15. I just finished my first AR-15, built from sourced upper and lowers as opposed to building completely from scratch. Unloaded and with optic and BUIS it comes in at 8 lbs even. I know weight is subjective and depends on intended use but what do you think a normal weight range should be for a defensive rifle?

Dan C: Hey guys, I love the show, I've listened for years. Just like on all of Reed's rifles my iron sights are always up. I was wondering if you guys were ever planning on doing a show about the Fostech and Franklin Armory binary triggers, these are amazing developments and honestly seem better than an actual full auto. Though of course I'd like the Hughes Amendment to go away just as much as anyone. Love the show and Reed is for sure my favorite host, nothing against the other guys at all lol.

Zachary D: I know you've done several shows about acquiring NFA items, but don't think you've ever done one about what the rules are after you get your items. I envision this being similar to what a lawyer would provide to his client after drafting up a trust and the do's and don'ts for staying out of trouble.

Suggested topics include:

1. Traveling with your items;

2. federal laws, vs. state;

3. Do you really need to get permission from the ATF to transport across state lines?

4. How far ahead do you need to start planning if you do need ATF approval?

5. Does federal law trump state law when it comes to NFA items?
6. Loaning your items out - Is it ok to hand to the guy next to you at the range to let him try your silencer / SBR?

7. What about letting your wife or child use the item if they're not on your trust?

Shawn E: I live in Minnesota, which like a lot of states has regional separation during deer hunting for the legal means to take deer. I happen to reside in the shotgun zone, but we have several guys who hunt with rifle-caliber pistols.

Thinking of possible range, recoil, and repeat shots, I thought I would build an AR pistol in .300 AAC Blackout. One of the reasons I like it over a traditional pistol platform is that three points of contact, rather than one or two can be made with a traditional handgun. The fore end, grip, and the cheek weld on the buffer tube help to steady it a bit more than a traditional revolver or single-shot rifle-caliber pistol. With its weight, combined with its semi-auto bolt, it soaks up the recoil of the round pretty well.

So, flatter shooting, longer range, better stability, easy-to-mount optics, less upward recoil all make the AR pistol attractive to deer hunting where I am.

Thanks for a great podcast.  I actually like when you guys eat food on the air – it gives the show an “earthy” quality of sitting around the table in a hunting shack, a feed store, or somewhere else where folks are comfortable, normal, and real.

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AR-15 Podcast 217 - Listener Feedback

Welcome to Episode #217 of the AR15 Podcast. Listener Feedback

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What’s Up?

  1. Reed - SBR AR-15 (.357 Sig)

  2. J.D.

Chris… Tyler and Taylor… Thanks for the help.

What Tom G said this week… “ On a personal note I was wondering if I was the only one that likes to wear the underwear with elephant 🐘 trunk and clear the house with my AR.” - Thanks for the monthly support.

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Listener Feedback…

Tyler Wiese -  Thoughts on 6.8SPC and Grendel. Things from range, huntability, bullet selection, reloading, and trusted barrel/bolt makers. Would also love a whole wildcats show, with as many calibers and info as you can get. Also thoughts on the AR10 platform’s 45 RAPTOR

Jason Kruse - I would like to hear your guys opinion and take on the NRA and how people are becoming so disappointed in that organization. Also are there any good alternatives. Also would like your take on the 7.62 X 39 round in the AR platform.

Joe Oliveira - Proper cleaning times and methods. When to or not use a borebrush.

Craig Valentine - I have a 14.5" BCM carbine length barrel. What weight buffer should I be running to help compensate for the barrel length? I also have a rifle length BCM that feels much different. I also Know it's a longer gas system. I'm just wondering if changing my buffer weight(currently a 4.3)would help. I am running a JP Enterprises carbine length polished silent spring with it (not the silent capture)Thanks guys!!
Robert Mate - I have a old(1945) browning A-5 12 gauge shotgun that is in rough condition but still functions fine it just looks bad. No pitting but definitely needs redone.It was kinda handed down to me from my wife's uncle who isn't with us anymore. I am wondering if I should have it cerakoted or just keep shooting it and keep it from getting worse or try to contact browning to see about a reblue and service

Brandon Dhondt - I'm in the parts buying phase of my first build, a .308 composed mostly of Aero Precision components. I'm looking for a good reliable adjustable gas block, more particularly in Stainless vs black. I'm leaning towards the JP adjustable block but am concerned if the adjustability while the handguard is on since the adjustment screw is on the side of the block.
Any input would be great as far as other companies to look into or experiences with the JP block.

Connor R. Hebdon - Same idea as Robert below. What are some good 80% lowers and/or jig sets. I have a 5D tactical jig and I made some Bear creek arsenal lowers (worked really well actually) and always looking for more options

Alex Stephenson - I'd love to hear you guys talk about M16-A1 and M16-A2 clones.

Robert Mate - 80% lowers worth the hassle or not?

Justin Hope - Adjustable gas blocks. Hydraulic buffers. Opinions?

Jason - Got a question for the old man... or anyone else out there. Looking for some good but inexpensive iron sights for the AR-15 and 10 platforms. Thanks all.

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 216 - Silencer Shop

Welcome to Episode #216 of the AR15 Podcast. We talk to Silencer Shop.

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AR-15 Podcast 215 - Noveske

Welcome to Episode #215 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode Reed & JD interview Mike Aland of Noveske Rifleworks.

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Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 214 - Silencer Shop Quickie

Welcome to Episode #214 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode JD has a quick chat Jeremy from Silencer Shop.

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AR-15 Podcast 213 - Safe Spaces

Welcome to Episode #213 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we will be talking about Safe Spaces……

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Clear the Air:

1. Reed:  Marlin 1894

2. JD:

3.      Michael:

4.      Anthony:

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Main Topic:

  1. Fort Knox Gun Safes

  2. Browning

  3. Liberty Safes

  4. Gun Vault AR Safes

  5. Cannon Safes  

  6. Mesa Safes

  7. Amsecusa

  8. Winchester Safes  

Good info here ----> http://www.asecurelife.com/best-gun-safes/

Sargent & Greenleaf

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AR-15 Podcast 212 - Grey Ghost

Welcome to Episode #212 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we will be talking to GW Ayers VP of Grey Ghost Gear… Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost Precision

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Main Topic:

Grey Ghost Gear, Tactical Tailor, and Grey Ghost Precision
 

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 211 - Piston Driven Uppers

Welcome to Episode #211 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode JD and Reed talk about Piston Driven ARs.

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Winner of the RTT SBR Giveaway is Jim R.

Clear the Air:

1. Reed:  Cimarron McCulloch Colt

2. JD: Family Shootinh

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Main Topic:

Piston Driven Uppers

Complete Uppers

PWS

Adams Arms

Heckler Koch

Conversion Kits

NFM SMAART Weapons System

Adams Arms - AR-15 Gas Piston Conversion Kit

Superlative Arms Low Profile Piston System

Ares GXR Gas Piston Retrofit Kit

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 210 - What to Know About Lower Receivers

Welcome to Episode #210 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode JD, Reed, Anthony and Michael talk about lower receivers and what you need to know.

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 Clear the Air:

1. Reed:  Uberti 1860 Single Action Army

2. JD: Eating his Dinner and being healthy

3. Anthony: Working 9 to 5

4. Michael: Working for a living

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Main Topic:

Hard anodizing is typically applied to heavy wear industrial parts intended for use in aggressive or highly corrosive applications. These coatings are typically far thicker and harder than decorative ones, and usually lend the parts a durability approaching that of hard faced or case hardened steel.

Hardcoated items usually have a dark gray to a black finish. This can vary depending on the aluminum alloy.

One of the main purposes of hard anodizing is to make the aluminum more resistant to corrosion. The thicker oxidized layer protects the finished part from being exposed to moisture, oxygen, and other factors. Sealed items are even more corrosion resistant.

The outer coating is also extremely hard, typically much harder than the original metal. In many cases, a thick hard anodized coating can be as hard as tool steel.

The oxide layer is part of the metal, it won't peel off and the surface finish will increase.

Hard anodized metals are usually very well insulated they don't conduct heat or electricity well.

This is especially useful for applications that require the part be used at high temperatures.

From AR15.com

Forged is typically a piece of material that is smashed into a shape while it is red hot (when referring to a shaped object for rough or final product). The grain structure of the metal material will follow the shape of the unit being produced. (ETA: forged material can also have no particular shape to make forged blank material to be machined into smaller pieces but retaining the strength of the initial forge)

Billet is a more general term used to describe a piece machined from a chunk of material/metal.

The original piece is most likely some sort of casting or drawn out, formed piece of metal.

In simple terms forged is probably going to be stronger.

Billet strength is dependent on the original slug of metal it was machined from.

Billet uppers or lowers can be more pleasing to the eye however due to more machining operations to achieve the final product. A forged or cast piece will usually be a rough resemblance of the final product and some areas may not need a finished surfaced machining/milling.

To add to the confusion you can have a piece that is forged and billet at the same time if the parent material stock was forged.

On another note: Take for instance a crank shaft for an engine that is forged into it's final shape then machined. The shaped forged crankshaft would be stronger than a crank that was machined from a forged piece of billet material due to the grain structure following the shape of the forging.

Feedback:

Ryan H: I just had a quick question. Getting ready to do my first build and wondered what your opinion is on the Reliabolt from SRC. From what little I have seen/heard it seems like a nice option, however I have seen a couple of YouTube videos saying they were junk and have broken. I don't know many AR guys so I thought it would be a good way to pick several brains at once. Thanks and love the show.

Keith S: In the event of an EMP, first people won't know what happened... but if your watch is out along with the power, laptops, cars, etc... you can guess what happened fairly quickly.

You'll need info on the area you've traveled to for business, I imagine Reed on a trip, business suit, briefcase, etc. First thing I'd do is secure shoes and any clothing needed for the long haul home (rain gear). (before you go on the trip know where sporting good stores are in your area, you won't be able to google them afterwards)

Second, hit the grocery store and stock up on something like Ramen Noodles, lightweight and easy to carry (wise to know where they are in your travel area as well).  Third, you talk about trying to trade for a car? ever car on the highway died in place and no one is clearing the roads... get a bicycle, you can always carry it around blockages etc.

A few years ago here in the PNW, we lost power for a week... some areas for longer. Gas stations that had power to pump gas had lines backed up for miles..stores weren't being resupplied and shelves were bare. My take from that experience was, I was prepared enough to get by for a week so I didn't need to go out and get stuff... but after a week, it was mostly gone and too late to go get and I realized that in the event of something really major happening that you needed to react first and fast or else it would be too late. So get your boots, raincoat, bike and some food to get you going and go quickly.

Love the podcast, it's like being part of a conversation of good friends that I would love to join in the discussion... but talking back to my car stereo never gets a response from you guys ha ha.

As for Reed's obsession with iron sights, I was in the Corps a few years before he was.. and I totally get it... as he ages, he'll want optics so he can focus better... it's just a matter of time.

Keep up the good work and I hope you all are enjoying making the podcast as I am enjoying listening to them.

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AR-15 Podcast 209 - First Time AR-15 Build

Welcome to Episode #209 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode JD, Reed, Anthony and Michael talk about what they’d do with a first time build now that they have a little experience.

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RTT - Giveaway - SBR - Anthony not included in the giveaway -  Jim R

Clear the Air:

1. Reed:  Buying lights for the gun safe.

2. JD: Concealment Solutions - Merica

3. Anthony: Too much traveling

4. Michael: Getting some range

Our thanks to JWB Military & Brass for sponsoring tonight's main topic.  Go to JWBmilitary.com and use promo code ARP10 for 10% off of quality once fired military reloading brass, AR-500 steel targets, and much much more.

Main Topic:

Michael

Anthony

Aero Lower- Brownells $59.99

Aero Assembled Upper Receiver- Brownells $99.99

PSA Lower Build Kit- PSA $89.99

PSA BCG- PSA $99.99

Brownells 16” Midlength Barrel- Brownells $84.99

Brownells Gas Block- Brownells $19.99

Brownells Mid Length Gas Tube- Brownells $9.99

Brownells A2 Flash Hider- Brownells $5.99

Brownells Charging Handles- Brownells $19.99

Aimsports 10" M-Lok Handguard- Primary Arms $76.00

Magpul MBUS Sight Set- Brownells $93

Total- $659.91

JD

AERO PRECISION STRIPPED LOWER RECEIVER GEN 2- BLEM W/ AERO LPK - $80

AERO PRECISION AR15 STRIPPED UPPER W/UPPER PARTS KIT - $55

BROWNELLS - B-TAC AR-15 5.56 BARRELS $84.99

Aero Precision AR15 Enhanced Free Float Handguard Rail - GEN 2 - Black + BAR Barrel Nut $129.90

BATTLE ARMS DEVELOPMENT INC. - M16 BOLT CARRIER GROUP $135

BROWNELLS - AR-15 GAS BLOCK NITRIDE $19.99

BROWNELLS - AR-15 GAS TUBES BLACK NITRIDE $8.99

MISSION FIRST TACTICAL, LLC - AR-15 BATTLELINK MINIMALIST STOCK COLLAPSIBLE MIL-SPEC $49.99

BROWNELLS - AR-15/M16 MIL-SPEC BUFFER TUBE ASSEMBLY $39.99

BUSHNELL OUTDOOR PRODUCTS - TROPHY 1X25 TRS-25 3 MOA RED DOT-CR2032 BATTERY $88.99

BROWNELLS - AR-15 A2 FLASH HIDER 22 CALIBER 5.99

Reed:

PSA Build Kit 399.99

Noreen Lower Receiver 42.99

A.R.M.S. Inc. folding polymer set 84.99

ASAP Sling Adapter 22.59

Magpul MS3 Sling 47.45

Magpul M2 P-Mag 3 x 9.49 28.47

American Eagle 90 rnds; 5.56mm; 62 gr 43.99

Range Fee 10.00

Lunch 15.00

Gas 4.53

Total 700.00

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AR-15 Podcast 208 - NRA 2017

Welcome to Episode #208 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode JD and Reed talk about NRA 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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RTT - Giveaway - SBR - Anthony not included in the giveaway

Clear the Air:

1. Reed:  

2. JD:  STP Stratus Support Systems

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Main Topic:

NRA 2017

What’s new with firearms:

Integrally Suppressed Ruger 10/22 takedown barrel

Adaptive Tactical Shockwave Sidewinder

Zenith Z-5RS SB Classic

Daniel Defense DDWAVE 3D Printed Suppressor

                 Heckler & Koch Announces New Subcompact VP9SK

President Trump speaks

Illinois Legislative Scandal SB 1567

Adam Kraut

Carry Guard

NRA 2018

Dallas, TX
 

Feedback:

Zephyr R: Just started listening. Heard three so far. Always riding the old guy is getting old. It was funny at first, but you do it every show. Show some more respect for the old guy and his iron sights etc.

Tony S: I've been listening to the podcast for a few months now but haven't seen a new one in over a couple of weeks. Hope all is well.  Looking forward to hearing  from you guys soon.

Nathan J: I recently finished building a 6.5 Grendel and am now fine tuning some of the parts. I have a 24" barrel and installed an SLR Rifleworks adjustable gas block to help tune the gun to the specific loads to prevent over gassing and to create a better shooting experience (reduced recoil, etc.).

Question:

I have always been interested in the JP Enterprises Silent Captured Spring because I hate the twang of the standard buffer spring as well as other benefits it provides (smoother action, reduced recoil, etc). Based on my current setup JP Enterprises recommends that I purchase the H2 version for my rifle, but I am wondering how much of a difference this spring will make (especially considering the price) when used in conjunction with the adjustable gas block. There are obviously some benefits that it still provides such as a smoother action, but the adjustable gas block should help resolve any bolt bounce due to over gassing. I know that my question is subjective, but in your opinion is the smoother action and twang elimination worth the $200, or should I focus my funds and energy elsewhere?

Martin S: I am actually starting my first build. I have a DDV7 and a Midwest Industries Pistol, but 556. I bought my barrel for the build from Ballistic Advantage (TY JD.) It's an 8.3" Premium 300 BLK. I am applying for the SBR. My question is about handguard. Two questions. I am thinking of hiding much of the muzzle device in the handguard. Probably a cone type linear comp). Do you see a real downside to having a 8 or 10 inch handguard on an 8.3 inch barrel?

Second question--I am dabbling with the idea of getting a suppressor. Should I go with a wider hand guard so the suppressor could go in that handguard? I love the Midwest, thin hand guard. 1.5'OD. Lovely to hold (and iron sights mount great). They make a bigger one to accommodate suppressors. Just looking for second opinions. Thanks!!

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