ARP 044 - AR-15 Podcast

Tony, Jake and Reed talk about all things “AR Pistol” in an effort to shine some light on another aspect of everybody's favorite black rifle.

Welcome to episode 044 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with us again is our guest Co-host Anthony Imburgia. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle! This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

AR-15 Training Tip of the Week: Practice shooting smaller targets. If you want to shoot tighter groups you need to practice shooting at smaller targets.Try reducing your target down to around two inches. The black 2 inch stickers that come with the target to repair the holes work well. Challenge yourself to group your shots within these two inch targets.

Main Topic:  All things AR-15 Pistols

What is an AR pattern pistol?

  • pistol length barrel
  • no stock
  • designated pistol not rifle
  • still shoots 5.56/.223 rifle ammunition
  • requires serious reconfiguration

What are some popular models?

What are some positives?

  • SBR without the paperwork
  • fun to shoot
  • light

What are some negatives?

  • failure to extract
  • short Stroke
  • spent casing ejects but round does not chamber

Things to consider

  • non interchangeable parts
  • buffer tube
  • can’t be able to accept a stock
  • gas tube needs to be modified depending on length of barrel

Final Thoughts

  • price point - about the same as a rifle
  • solution to a problem that nobody has

Don’t forget to Shop for your AR-15 parts at Brownells

Listener Feedback:

Arturo C:  Hi Guys,

Love the podcasts ... nearly caught up, just finished listening to episode 37 (left a comment regarding CMMG dedicated 22LR uppers).

I have a question regarding the installation/replacement of the front sight gas block (i.e. A2 style) on an AR-15. How critical is the alignment of the front sight gas block with respect to a rear iron sight? I've watched several YouTube videos on the process, and though I can see how it's not too difficult to ensure the gas port of the barrel aligns with the gas port on the gas block ... I'm concerned that any slight deviation from a perfect vertical alignment will make it difficult to zero in the iron sights. How would an experienced gunsmith ensure proper alignment during installation?

Doug:  Shoutout to Doug who just sent us pictures of his custom barrelled rifle in 300 AAC Blackout.  Keep up the great work, and know that I am inspired by what you’ve done.

Jerry R: I was an Air Force cop for 21 years.  I'm right handed but had to shoot my rifles left handed due to amblyopia.  Since retiring, I bought a Smith & Wesson M&P AR-15 Sport.  I put a used EOTech on it after reading that it would help with cross eye dominance.  I've tried shooting with both eyes open, but maybe I was doing it wrong because the crosshairs appeared to float to the left side on the gun.  Any hints on using it effectively?  If not, maybe I should convert the AR to a left handed gun so I don't have to eat brass.  Is it just a matter of changing the upper receiver, or will it require a new bolt carrier group?

Jess G:  I've just found your podcast a few weeks ago really enjoy all episodes I've heard. I'm going back and catching up on past episodes to learn more. You guys make it easy and fun to listen to. I am new to the AR world as well, have a DPMS that is as "stock" as it can be. I purchased it and it didn't even have sights on it. I'm working to save money for some back up iron sights next, right now I only have a reticle sight which I'm happy with but would like to have the back ups as well.

I do have a question for you and would like to hear your input. My rifle does not have a charging handle and I'm not sure I like the idea of it in the first place. Lets say your rifle jams up, do you really want to try to slam that bolt home. What if it's debris in the way that could damage the chamber, or a spent casing that never made it's way out, do you really want to jam another cartridge in behind it?  My M14 in the Navy didn't have one, and I never found myself needing one then, why would I need one now? Keep up the great work guys, I look forward to the next episode. Oh, and I loved the last episode. I've got all I need for 3 gun competition and might look into that soon.

Thanks a lot.

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Love the show. I started listening about 4/5 months ago and have since dove right in and built my first AR from the ground up. The show offered great help sourcing parts when they were few and far between and also saved me from paying insane panic prices. Now on to my question. I live in the Pacific Northwest and even though I clean and oil my guns as quickly as I can, I still get micro amounts of rust on things like the bcg after a long day of shooting (most of the oil burned off) when I have to leave my AR in the truck for a few hours til I get home. If I oil up before I leave the range, it's just that much more I have to clean up later. I'm wondering if you guys have any first hand experience with Cerakote's Micro Slick? It sounds like a great product for my situation. Are there any caveats to using it? Can I do it myself or is professional application necessary? Does the finish flake in high traffic areas like the bcg and cause clogging?

I'd love for you guys to do a show on finishes, especially Cerakote's offerings. Thanks again for the invaluable info and please enter me in the Otis Bone Tool giveaway.


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