ARP 118 - What to Build When the Taxman Giveth

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Welcome to Episode #118 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me tonight are my co-hosts J.W. Ramp and Anthony Hardy.  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, with their 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee, is there for you anytime you have a problem, like when you can’t remove the taper pins from your new barrel to slip off the front sight base and you now have to find a new barrel.

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Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/parts

Main Topic:What to build when the Taxman Giveth. Average Tax Refund has been $2,800 for the last few years.

  1. Reed’s Tax Refund Special:

Mega Arms MTS Upper Receiver                                         $669.00

Mega Arms Lower Receiver                                                  $237.00

B.A.D. Ambi Selector                                                               $60.00

B.A.D. Enhanced Pin Set - Ti -                                               $37.00

Geissele Super 3 Gun Trigger                                                $250.00

Magpul UBR Collapsible Stock                                              $265.00

JP Silent Captured Spring                                                      $139.95

JP FMOS™ Carrier Group with JPEnhancedBolt™             $352.95

ODIN Works 223 Wylde 3-Gun Barrel - 18                            $275.50

Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x24                                                    $330.00

Burris P.E.P.R. Rings (when they are on sale)                     $30.00

Magpul MBUS Gen 2                                                             $89.99

Muzzle Device                                                                        $??

Total                                        $2736.00

  1. J.W.’s build

-Mega Arms Wedge Lock Handguard (M-Lok or Keymod)              $250

-Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x24 -                                                             $330

-NEA Compact Stock -                                                                      $330

-Geissele SD-3G Trigger -                                                                  $260

-Battle Arms Lightweight Billet Receiver Set -                                   $500

-Parts kit -                                                                                           $30

-Grip of choice -                                                                                  $35

-Muzzle device of choice -                                                                 $100

-BAD safety selector + mag release -                                                $50

-Daniel Defense Barrel (reasonable) -                                                $290

or -Christiansen Arms Barrel (ridiculous) -                                        $500

-Custom Blown Deadline paint job -                                                   $360

-Scope rings, tax stamp, misc -                                                          $???

$2745.00

  1. Anthony

Total                                       $2438.98

Otis Technology:

March 23:  Chad Goeden

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each  month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Feedback:

Shawn, from MO:  When I started building my first AR-15 I listened to all your podcast while at work. It really help me narrow down what I was truly looking for out of rifle I was building. After my rifle was completed I continue to listen about the new products and general vibe of the ar15 community. Thanks and keep up good work.

Jeremy: Great podcast! I’m an avid outdoorsman and use my AR chambered in .223/5.56 to coyote and boar hunt. I've lately been interested in getting a 7.62 upper. What would be the best twist barrel for 7.62x39? Also are there any company's that make parts for 7.62x54? Thanks and keep the podcasts coming! Chris S: Just listened to episode 117 with 3 gun nation. Great interview. I have a job where I drive a lot and love listening to your podcast. I also follow you on Instagram. Keep it up guys, love the 3 gun interviews. I really would love to get a comp started in east Texas.

Dylan C: I began listening to the AR15 Podcast in the Spring of 2013. I was new to the AR platform at the time, and listening to this show brought me up to speed fast. The hosts deliver a show that is packed with need to know information, and they manage to do it on an even keel. Not too basic, not too stuffy, and never elitist.

When it comes to the AR, there are three things that I look forward to. The UPS truck, a new issue of Recoil, and a new episode of this podcast.  If you're interested in the platform, and especially if you're thinking of building your own rifle, or 3, this is the show for you.

@first_ar15_build: got that upper looking 3D in this pic! Go ahead and try and charge it! Lol!!

@wallygat0r:

Outro:

ARP 075 - Building an AR-15 to Give Away

Welcome to Episode #075 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today are Anthony Hardy and J.W. Ramp.  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 take down pin detent across his avocado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/parts

Tip of the Week:

How do you conceptualize the rifle you want to build?

1. Declare its purpose or your vision.

2. Work out a parts list.

3. Use technology like the AR15 Builder.

4. Acquire the parts.

5. Reassess the build.

Main Topic:

What parts are we using when building an AR-15 for our giveaway?

The Lower:

100-011-234 - Seekins Precision - SP223 Lower Receiver

080-000-606 - Colt - Lower Receiver Parts Kit

100-009-797 - ALG Defense - ACT AR-15 Trigger Set

080-000-627 - DPMS - Buttstock Mounting Kit, A2 Rifle

100-009-585 - Magpul - MOE Rifle Stock

100-009-904 - Bravo Company Mod-1 Gunfighter Grip

The Upper:

100-011-235 - Seekins Precision - SP223 Upper Receiver w/Forward Assist

160-000-208 - Colt - Barrel, 20” & Front Sight Assembly

078-000-175 - Brownells - M16 BOLT CARRIER GROUP

100-011-154 - Rainier Arms - Raptor Charging Handle

714-000-021 - Precision Reflex, Inc. - Gen III Delta Carbon Fiber Forearm

100-009-232 - Spikes Tactical - Dynacomp Extreme 5.56

The Accessories:

078-000-107 - Brownells - 30-Round Gray AR-15/M16 Magazine w/CS Spring

080-000-971 -  Brownells - EOTech CQB T-Dot Holographic Sight

100-003-317 - A.R.M.S., Inc. - 40L Flip Up Low Profile Rear Sight

416-106-101 - Harris - Bi-pod Adapter

416-005-101 - Harris - 1A2 Brm, 6-9” Bipod

Listener Feedback:

Chris S:  Hey guys.  Thanks for doing what you do.  I am a builder of AR-15's for personal collection and I have used much of your podcast as a guide for purchases and ideas.  I have recently tried to better understand feed ramps but I am having a lot of trouble finding real accurate information.  Could you please email me some information about feed ramps that could be critical to a rifles performance.  I have built 12 rifles in 2 years and I'm either very lucky that I haven't done anything wrong or it doesn't matter.  I usually use AIM Surplus, Daniel Defense, Adams Arms (Piston Rifles) or Spikes BCG's.  I like Daniel Defense, YHM or Spikes barrels and they all come with feed ramps installed.  Thanks a bunch.

Tim C: Hey! You all forgot the ARAK-21 by Faxon Firearms!

Wicked Burn:  During the last podcast, 074, I found J.W.'s use of the term "bolt" confusing.  You were discussing the ARES SCR and multiple times J.W. said that it needed a different "bolt".  I was looking at the description on the link provided on the show notes and it said the bolt is the same as a standard AR.  After looking at the picture of the gun it became blatantly obvious that the Bolt Carrier would need to be replaced because it did not have anywhere to recoil back into.  I then realized that J.W. was saying "bolt" when in fact he was talking about the "bolt carrier".  I love the podcast and I'm not trying to nit pick.  I am a stickler for terminology and specifics.  That is how I train my people and how I keep those customers new to the platform from being confused.  You may have also noticed my comment in the show notes from episode 073 to help with clarification of the "M4 vs. A2 upper" question.  I would not expect the host of the "newbie" show to know things like this.

David T. F.:  I remember the talk about the muzzle break that the ATF labeled a silencer I wanted one so after googling I found the weapon it came on and it's worth a mention.

https://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/sig-mpx-c.aspx

Check out this video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/1S_aqUDb62Q

Mike:Again great podcast.  Anthony did a fantastic job a few weeks back.  Now I'm into parts and pieces.  Can you talk hand guards, key mod, comps, buttstocks, slings.  I just picked up a houlding hand guard with the keymod. So far I like the finish.  

Outro:

ARP 071 - Joshua Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo.

Welcome to Episode #071 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my co-host J.W. Ramp and our special guest, Joshua Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo. 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 take-down pin detent across his avocado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

Brownells Item of the Week: Blackhawk SOCOM Pistol Case

Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/parts

Amazon affiliate link: http://www.ar15podcast.com/amazon

Tip of the Week:

Silencer’s are legal

Main Topic:

Reed discusses SilencerCo’s new Saker 7.62 with Joshua Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo.

Listener Feedback:

Myles:  Hello, been awhile since I have written in, your multi part episode on optics had me shying away for a little while. I get it, more expensive optics are better, they had better be if they cost $1,700. Personally I am quite satisfied with my $200 Minox.

But on to the meat of the matter.

You recently talked about levers attached to bolt releases. I have no experience with the MagPul BAD lever, however I and a friend of mine have used phase 5 levers in the past and we are not happy with them.

My friend had the one piece lever, I had a cheaper unit that bolts on the stock lever. I was very happy with mine at first, but as time went by I started having malfunctions. The bolt catch failed to function every now and then. As soon as I got rid of the lever this problem went away. My friend had the same problem, which also went away when he dumped the lever.

I have been told that one might be able to rectify this by installing a stronger bolt catch spring. But since that would require drifting out a retaining pin I have decided against this for now.

Too bad really as the AR is much more comfortable to run with one of these thingies.

I forgot to add that I thought it was a bit suspicious when the outfit that sold me the Phase 5 lever gave me about a 30% discount, and it looked like it had been sitting in a drawer since the Clinton administration.

Outro:

We are looking for volunteers able to Video Edit the AR-15 Podcast after each show.

ARP 070 - Useful Accessories for the MSR

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Welcome to Episode #070 of the AR15 Podcast.  I'm your host Reed Snyder and with me today are my co-hosts Anthony Hardy and J.W. Ramp. 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.

We are looking for volunteers able to do Video Editing for the AR-15 Podcast

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 take-down pin detent across his avocado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

Brownells Item of the Week: Badger Ordnance Tactical Latch

Shop for AR-15 accessories at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/parts

Amazon affiliate link: http://www.ar15podcast.com/amazon

Tip of the Week:

Let your moments of difficulty and frustration in operating and running your rifle to guide your search for useful add ons.

Main Topic:  Useful AR-15 Accessories

 Making operation faster/easier/more reliable (pick two) with parts that are not replacements/upgrades or differ in function enough to make the cut.

**Remember to Locktite as necessary

Listener Feedback:

Ian K:  I like to congratulate you on another great podcast!

Optics pt.1 and 2 were amazing!

I really felt like I got drunk with a bunch of my buddies and argued, and swore and had a great time, and got to really get some in depth perspective from guys that really use the tools. Every time It felt like the show was ending, you’d go on for twenty more minutes, just great!

Please more show like that, for those of us who love the combat aspects of the AR platform, this episode was absolutely invaluable.

Is it possible to email any of the guys, I love the ACOG, and have some reticle questions.

Again, great job, love the show, and I’m so glad I discovered the podcast.

Rob:  Hi, Very interesting to read in the Apr 2014 AR- American Rifleman a fairly positive review of the cheap BSA red dot. ($72. Amazon).

I had looked at these as a cheap 10/22 red dot or a cheap 1st AR build Red Dot. Told they were just for air-soft.

So guess they're not just for airsoft guns as soooooooooooooooooooooooo many experts have told me.

Hey, And I love the name....BSA Birmingham Small Arms.

Thanks...Rob

Ian K:  Reed and Co.,

I’ve finally caught up with all the episodes,

love the show, love the guests and love your commitment to the platform! Great job so far.

What I don’t love is that even after going through all the shows, you have barely mentioned Noveske Rifleworks!

John Noveske got his reputation not making accessories but highly accurate AR barrels! Now they produce a highly refined product with an excellent reputation.

You guys spent ten minutes discussing how great the Key-mod system is and never mentioned Noveske co-developed the open source design with Vltor.

I knew that when I got to ep. 50,  High End AR15s that would all change. Nope, only a brief aside, that’s it.

Is there some industry bias?

Anyway, not to unload on you, otherwise keep up the good work.

Rob:

Did I miss the CHROMED AR? As in shiny pistol.

Have you done a show or discussed ALL Polymer ARs? Poly Uppers & Lowers.

Have you covered angled vs. rail mounted back up sights?

Have you covered the AR .410 upper? It works sounds like a blast as a plinker!! Maybe cheaper to shoot, kid perfect, & less worry about what's downrange?

PS, Hey GUYS don't you know any AR-15 GALS as co-hosts? NOW is gonna be after Y'all!! LOL

Outro:

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ARP 069 - Interview with Marty Daniel

Reed talks with our special guest, Marty Daniel, President of Daniel Defense.

Welcome to Episode #069 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my co-host J.W. Ramp. 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 take down pin detent across his avacado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

Brownells Item of the Week:  Daniel Defense Lite Rail (almost 15% off right now)

Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/parts

Amazon affiliate link: http://www.ar15podcast.com/amazon

Tip of the Week:

No tips this week, but we are looking for volunteers able to do Video Editing for the AR-15 Podcast.

Main Topic:  Daniel Defense

https://danieldefense.com/about-daniel-defense

Listener Feedback:

CHRIS M. Reed, just saw my first pistol AR15 in the flesh this weekend.  Really kinda liked it.  When do you think you can do a show on them?

Interested in a discussion about:

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1. barrel length options

2. are there different length buffer tubes available

3. would you make any different selection for trigger control parts/bolt and bolt carrier/grip?

4. any concern over the charging handle selection since the gas system is likely vigorous and your face may be closer to the receiver if you use the buffer tube as a shortened stock.

Plus any other topics you and your co-host can discover.

Thanks, Chris

CIPHOTO: Hi Reed and guest hosts,

Since you have a "stamp collector" as a rotating guest in the AR15 podcast I thought I would send in a question about suppressors.

I'd like to get a suppressor for my several AR15 5.56 rifles and also be able to use the suppressor on my .30 caliber rifles.  Obviously this means that I need to get a 7.62mm compatible can.  I love the idea of quickly moving the suppressor between rifles using quick disconnect but I see a few downsides with the quick disconnect option:

1) I don't like what I read about quick disconnects and their effect on accuracy between suppressor removal and reinstall; maybe I could get away with the slight zero changes for the AR15's but not for the bolt action .30 cal precision rifles.

2) The quick disconnects are expensive.  I'd have to come up with another $400-$600 for quick disconnects for all my rifles and I'm stuck with this quick disconnect for all future rifles.  I want something that the market is going to latch onto so I don't have an antiquated and obsolete QD system in 2 years.

Here are my questions:

1) I hear the Trifecta MAAD mount allows for all options: quick disconnect, threaded, compatible with other QD mounts (i.e. AAC).  Do you guys think this is where the industry is going?

2) What are your thoughts on the Saker 7.62 compared to the other suppressors which require quick disconnect?

3) Should I just get the Saker 5.56 with QD and choose a separate threaded 7.62 supressor for all my .30 caliber precision work? http://www.silencerco.com/saker

ROB: Sounds to good to be good?

mgi marck hydra AR-15 review plz

MICHAEL D: I am somewhat stalled out on an AR build.  My wife wanted something different.  Well, this is  different.  She wants it in .204 Ruger!  Check!  Smooth side receiver!  Check!  Wood stock set!  Check!  Heavy stainless barrel!  Check!  Gas piston system!  Oh, $#!*.  I have been completely unable to find a piston kit that fits the heavy bull barrel.  The closest seems to be one from Osprey Defense.  The Brownells website claims that it is good for a .875" barrel, but the Osprey website claims that it can handle 1" barrels.  Sadly, I have not been able to get a reply from Osprey when I emailed them about it.  Do you happen to have any ideas?  I would hate to disappoint my wife.....  Already have the following:

Smith & Wesson lower receiver.

DPMS smooth side upper receiver. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/138383/dpms-upper-receiver-stripped-ar-15-low-profile-flat-top-matte

DPMS .204 Ruger Barrel. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/652854/dpms-barrel-ar-15-204-ruger-920-muzzle-diameter-1-in-12-twist-24-fluted-stainless-steel

Lucid stock set (Laminate Rifle, Camo)  http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/stock-forend-parts/furniture-sets/ar-15-m16-wood-stock-sets-prod38906.aspx

Outro: