ARP 039 - Light Them Up! Tactical Lighting Options For Your AR-15 Black Rifle

Reed and Jake shine some light on AR-15 tactical lighting options.

Welcome to episode 39 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Jake Challand with Co-host Reed Snyder. This is THEE podcast about youuurrrr favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building AR’s for years.  There’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

Training Tip of The Week:  Learn your Manual of Arms.  When we talk about training with the MSR platform we never mention the first and most important part of training.  Know Your Weapon.

Main Topic:  Light them up! Tactical lighting options for your AR-15 Black Rifle

Tactical Lighting Definition

Listener Feedback:

Manny - Dedicated AR15 Podcast listener: First off,I wanted to Thank You guys for a Terrific Podcast. Last +Sunday I finally build my first AR lower (actually build 2). DPMS LPK with an upgraded Spikes Battle Trigger for one, and a standard Palmetto LPK for the other. During function testing, I noticed that the trigger pin rotated slightly with the Palmetto kit. When I compared the two trigger pins/hammers, It seems the Spikes spins more freely then the Palmetto hammer. Is a rotating trigger pin something I should concern myself with? I know they sell anti-rotating pin kits, but felt I would ask the experts :)

Levi - I like the idea you gave the guy about buying parts kits and replacing the parts you don't want. Then when you have enough extra parts just build another. That's a great way to hide a build from the wife. Now if I could figure out a way to hide the ammo purchases to feed these beasts!!!

Myles: Hello, been awhile hasn't it, anyway I am writing to try to answer a viewers question about a better muzzle device. My experience with such things is limited but I can highly recommend the Smith enterprises vortex and Yankee hill machine phantom muzzle devices.

However my highest recommendation goes to the PWS triad, I had one of these things installed in a Microtech rifle and they are wonderful. They really cut down on blast and reduce recoil from an annoying little rabbit kick to a barely perceptible push. I wouldn't have thought it was possible to have a muzzle device do that many things.

Here is a demo video, I wish I could have found something a little less commercial but it does demonstrate the devices capabilities fairly well.

Also if one is so inclined, and is willing to tolerate such a large weight hanging off their rifle I have some friends who have had good experiences with the Noveske KX3. It reduces blast near the shooter, but acts like the loudener from the Simpsons gun shop scene to anything down range.

However if something is down range you probably don\'t care much about it anyway.

Dr. D: This might be the solution for the comp/flash suppressor issue:

Griffin Armament's M4SD Flash Comp

It's been getting stellar reviews.  Same functional results as the BattleComp, with a more robust design, only slightly heavier, and at almost 1/2 the cost.  Of course, the added benefit here, is that it is both a compensator to improve follow up shots and keeping your optic on target, as well as a flash-suppressor all in one.

I'm glad you all like my "AR-Nerf" pic...I'll try to get more up there soon.

Keep up the great makes my commute fly by.

Brian A: First, thank you for doing this podcast; I love it.

Second, you all inspired me, so I bought a blemished lower from Palmetto State Armory, and am  embarking on my first build.

Third, I would like to be signed up for the Otis giveaway.  I have an Otis cleaning kit, and have nothing but praise for their products.

Richard Spackey: Hey guys, thanks for getting to my question about sighting with the Magpul MBUS sights.  I do not have the cheep air soft sights as you suspected.  Your first caller (from Canada, I think?) got me pointed in the right direction.  I did a search on You Tube and found a USMC training video from 1999 on the proper use of this style of sights.  I haven\'t been out to the range yet but I am looking forward to trying what they taught in the video.

Austin from California. I'm writing because my entire life I have lived in California which makes me one of many that can't get standard equipment for my guns, everything has to modified. Recently California was subjected to even more gun control so it was now or never to get an AR for me. A good friend of mine picked up a S&W mp15 sport for about $800.00 . As a struggling writer I figured that was too much for me but I better get it now before I couldn\'t. I went down to the same store that my buddy picked his up at and to my surprise they had them in stock! The problem is the price tag had jumped from $800.00 to $1750.00!! So I did some thinking and I figured that and I should be able to build an AR. After all this is the platform the government used during the draft so it has to be simple enough for all new GI\'s to use. So instead of buying an off the shelf AR I got the  wife and I each a stripped lower and for the passed month I have been spending all my free time researching how to build and parts I need. The wife says im a \"maximizer\" I cannot make a decision until I know its the best for me. During my research I came across the only AR 15 Podcast on itunes, I prayed that it was good and i\'m happy to report that its one of my favorite podcasts. I listen to about 8 hours a day of podcasts at work so I feel like I know whats good. 5 stars guys! its taken me 5 days to listen to 30 episodes already. This brings me to my real problem and why i\'m writing. After I figured out what exactly I wanted I started noticing that a lot of the parts websites don\'t ship to California and the ones that do I cant afford!! One thing that I love about the gun community is that they are a community and I know some people would love the chance to donate any spare parts they have. If you guys could put it in your listeners ears that I am in need I would gladly donate my services to the podacast and do ANYTHING you guys ask of me!  Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks in advance if you guys find a way to help me

Mark D: How about a show dedicated to down and dirty basic necessity’s and additions for black rifle ownership such as slings or optics. In addition how about a detailed description of your personal rifle builds. What parts were selected and why, what worked and what didn’t.

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