ARP 077 - Now, Where Was That Spare Magazine?


Welcome to Episode #077 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is Michael C., our newest FRN host from the Competition Rifle Podcast.  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 is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. Brownells helps make this show possible.

Don’t forget that Brownells is there for you anytime you make a mistake, like when Jake shoots a takedown pin detent across his avacado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

100-011-234 - Seekins Precision - SP223 Lower Receiver080-000-606 - Colt - Lower Receiver Parts Kit100-009-904 - Bravo Company Mod-1 Gunfighter Grip

Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to:

Rifle Assembly Tips:

1. Get the Right Tools.  (From Brownells) 2. Clear your workspace 3. Protect your parts by preparing (get a bunch of flat based plastic containers to hold the parts.) 4. A large white board above your bench with a check list.  Follow your progress and follow the plan. 5.  Put away all adult beverages.

Main Topic:

So you want to train with your favorite black rifle.  What kit  and gear will you need for formal instruction?


What are we talking about What are they for Why train with them (Don’t show up for training like you are a member of a wantabe militia.)  Ask what is allowed and NOT allowed.  Some training sites/ranges do NOT want you showing up in camies/BDU/warrior wear.


  • Chest Rig
  • Vest/LBE
  • Plate Carrier

Chest Rig:  Disruptive Environments Chest Rig

  • Definition
  • Utility
  • Uses

Vest/LBE:  VTAC LBE Tactical Vest

  • Definition
  • Utility
  • Uses

Plate Carrier:  Shellback Banshee Rifle Plate Carrier

  • Definition
  • Utility
  • Uses

Manufacturers you can trust:

  • Mayflower
  • Shellback
  • 5.11
  • Blackhawk
  • Voodoo Tactical
  • Velocity Systems
  • PIG
  • Tactical Tailor
  • S.O.Tech

Additional Accessories:

  • Sling (Viking Tactical)
  • Dump Pouch (5.11)
  • Pistol Holster (Blackhawk)
  • Padded Belt

Listener Feedback:

Lane D.:  You were very accurate with your Trapdoor Springfield comments. The only two things that I will assist you in regards would be as follows: The use of conversion units did not stop in 1873, many of the 45-70 TD were conversion of muskets, they used all the surplus before making from scratch. The first conversions, in 1866, were 50-70, and were centerfire, the rimfire 50 was used in the Spencer. When you are ready to purchase, visit, there is an excellent forum, and Al Frasca, who owns the site, sells used rifles and carbines, along with other items, you can fully trust this man.

Rob L:  Aloha Guys, Have you covered using a Ambi 45 deg safety? Like the BAD-ASS-ST AMBI SAFETY SELECTOR SHORT THROW 45°? Works, SAFE worthit?  Also, Have you used the Wheeler Eng. AR pivot & roll pin install tool? $6 or so. Replace need for full set punches & pin start tools?  Sorry if I've missed.

Mike S:  Reed, I want to help with Justin\'s question about a tight gas block on his personal build.  I would guess, as you did, that the machining really was to a tight tolerance.  When that\'s the case, it can be helpful to break out some old school mechanic tricks.  Heat the gas block and ice/freeze the barrel and the gas block should slide right on.

The same may help with getting a tight gas block off.

Chris W:  Hello, I'm currently working on building two rifles, one .300blk SBR and a 5.56 rifle (16 or 18 inch barrel) So I also have a question for you. I'm trying to decide what barrel length to get for my SBR and I'm debating between an 8" or 10" barrel. The ballistics look great out of both, but I want my rifle to be as compact as possible even with a suppressor attached. I wonder if 2" of length is worth the additional velocity. Any thoughts are appreciated!

Thanks for your consideration and advice, as well as your awesome podcast production!

Tim the Who:  Hey guys, Great show! I picked you up after listening to Gun Guy and Handgun radio for a while. Since I recently dove into the world of the black gun, I find your podcast quite entertaining and informative.

I've been shooting since I was about 8 years old. My two older brothers, who served in both military and police, took me out to the quarries every weekend and engrained shooting as an aspect of life. Now I have 3 sons of my own with whom I try to do the same. I recently purchased a Stag Model 3 as a way to quickly get into the world of AR, and have been pleased with it as an "out of the box" shooter. I put a $100 red dot sight on it to get me going, and it has proved reliable and accurate enough for my 100 yard distances. I look forward to someday building a .308 long-distance platform, but time will tell if money and my wife will allow it. (Not in that order!) Rest assured, if and when the build happens, the final product will be superior because of the knowledge gained by listening to your show.

Thanks again for a great show.


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