Tony and Reed discuss the fully automatic variants of the AR-15.
Welcome to Episode #046 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with us is my co-host Tony 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.
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Training Tip of the Week:
In the spirit of the Full Auto Episode:How to Bump Fire Your AR-15
Main Topic: Fully Automatic AR-15/M-16/M4A1
The “Original” M-16:
- The military looks to the AR-15 in part because of the ease of use during automatic fire.
- The Armalite AR-15 was designed to be a select fire weapon.
- Government requested that it be changed from full auto to 3 round burst to control fire and conserve ammo.
What is a Machine Gun:
National Firearms Act Definitions: Machinegun
For the purposes of the National Firearms Act the term Machinegun means:
- Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger
- The frame or receiver of any such weapon
- Any part designed and intended solely and exclusively or combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, or
- Any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.
Variations of on the Fully Automatic AR Platform:
- Production M-16
- Production AR-15 Converted to Full Auto
- Lightning Link
- Drop In Auto Sear (DIAS)
Current State of the Law:
Alternatives to the Machine Gun:
- Slide Fire Video
- Bump Fire stocks: not actually fully auto but simulates full auto rate of fire http://www.slidefire.com ($369)
Considerations When Trying to go Full Auto
- Sale is halted on post 1986 manufactured rifles, making the supply forever limited and therefore driving up the price.
- Fully assembled M16 - $12-$20k
- Tax Stamp $200 Plus waiting period for approval
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Alex in Austin:Hi guys, Can you guys cover methods and materials for polishing triggers. I have a rifle which I'll be purchasing a Geissele trigger for but have several several other rifles and revolvers which will keep their standard trigger. I would like to smooth out the sear surfaces on these triggers but I'm not sure which polishing media and materials I would need to do this.....and do it safely (this would be a good time to put a plug in for Brownells).
Perhaps you can also recommend a video source which covers the polishing of trigger surfaces.
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