AR-15 Podcast - The Short Barreled Edition

Welcome to another edition of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode JD and I will be answering some listener questions and reading some feedback.   


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MAIN TOPIC: Truck Gun Feedback / Work and Firearms Discussion

Nate D - Hey guy's just got done listening to the truck gun show. Wow you covered a lot in it. I want to let you know what my truck/backpack gun it. I have a Kel-Tec sub 2000 9mm. I like the fact it has the 16in barrel and it can fold in half and fit in a backpack. The main upgrades I'm looking at doing on it is a red dot optic mount. I'm not sure wait way i want to go. Red lion has a cool one that has a lock ring and it will rotate. Or i was at my local gun store talking with them, they suggested maybe trying a 45-degree side angle mount for a red.. I'm not sure whether it can still fold in half. Let me know if you have any ideas. Love the show keep up all the hard work.
Thank you

Kevin - I like the idea of an AR platform that shares mags with your concealed pistol. But not a must. I think the ruger pc9 carbine could work as long as you are proficient in assembly of the two parts.

My personal truck gun is a pistol AR in 5.56 with a vortex spitfire prism style red dot.  I think a prism style optic eliminates the worry of battery function, however mine still has it for night use. I have magpul mbus flip up sights as back up as well. I use a magpul telescoping stock that I forget the model of. I like the pdw stocks but the cost hurts my wallet muscle too much so I still to what I’ve got.

Clark County Teacher - As a teacher in clark truck gun for me except on weekends. 10.5 in barrel, holosun optic. And an otis cleaning kit from your show...if possible.

Mike - Love the show, thanks for the content! My “truck” gun is an AR pistol with a brace. It has a short 7.5in barrel and in hindsight a 10.5 would have been a better choice. I have it outfitted with an 800 lumen light, Vortex Strikefire, AFG and of course backup irons. I carry it in a non tactical looking covert pack form UTG usually strapped just behind the passenger seat in my F150. Also in the pack are several magazines, some 55gr and some 62gr. It is pretty easy to access from the driver's seat. It works well out to a couple hundred yards but after that it gets pretty difficult! I live in rural MT so my other truck gun is a M1a Scout/squad set up as a half ass DMR. Thanks again for the show!
Matt - I’m running a 8” Aero Precision 300 blk out upper on an Aero lower with a shockwave blade stabilizing brace, and Law Tactical folding adaptor. Topped off with a Holosun red dot, Troy fixed front sight and a flip up rear, and a TLR1 mounted at 12:00.

Here in Michigan this setup is legally a “pistol” so I can CC it loaded in a vehicle. If I were to take my SBR, the rifle and ammo would have to be separated. Plus, keeping it concealed in a bag, I can take it with me when I park and leave the car in unattended.

I chose the 300 blk out mainly due to the length restrictions in my state. For its intended purpose 300blk, I believe, is superior to 5.56/.223 in a sub 10.5” barrel. I don’t see myself engaging threats at the longer distances where 300blk would become ineffective. Plus I didn’t have one yet.

As for WML’s, IMO, they are very useful for PID of a threat in low light situations. I understand how they could give your position away to an attacker, but that is only if you leave it on constantly. The TLR1 doesn’t add much weight, and I would rather have it than not. The shake awake function on the holosun has worked well, just grabbing the bag from behind the seat is enough to activate it, and it extends the battery like to something like 50k hours. I will be replacing it annually just to be sure, like I do with my mini RDS on my carry pistol.

I love the show and have been a listener for a few years now. I purchased my first AR off the rack, but thanks to you two, I have built 3  more in the last year or so. Plus funding my girlfriend’s build which she picked all her own parts, none of which were pink, and then assembled it herself. All are sporting an optic in one form or another, but to make Reed proud all have quality irons too.

DR - I’ve got a c39v2 pistol with a folding brace. It fits in a medium size backpack, but doesn’t leave much room for anything else.

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Work Question….

Conor - Hey guys, so I was listening to your truck gun episode and heard JD mention having a shotgun in his old office. I just started a new job and I looked at the employee handbook to see what their firearms policy is. It says that it is not allowed unless authorized by upper management. How would you approach this? How would you phrase it to ask for permission?
Love the show, thanks guys.