AR-15 Podcast - Aero Returns

Welcome to another edition of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode we sit down with Chad Larsen of Aero Precision.

New Stuff…

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Jason is now contributing at the Old Salty Iron Sight Level

What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. Chad

  3. JD

  4. Anthony  

Who is Chad?


Listener Questions

Jason (Supporter) - Oh I really like them I have a couple of their lowers and uppers waiting become rifles. Are they going to do anything California compliant or do they have any new accessories on the Horizon that they can talk about. Anything for 6.5 or 7mm in the future

Tim - Can J.D. at least not make drooling sounds while talking to them. It's extremely distracting. 😂

Tyler - How do they manage to keep quality so high and price so reasonable?
Bobby - Why haven't I been chosen to win the monthly rifle giveaway yet?

Matthew - What started the monthly build sets and how many different variants have there been?

Thurmon - Do they have any plans on getting into the 9mm or other PCC variants anytime soon?
Dave - Aero sells an upper that doesn't use the standard barrel nut. It takes a special handguard. I wonder what the advantage of that design is over the mil-spec one (which they also offer).

Charlie - Pls talk about the differences/ advantages of the new M4E1 lower/upper. (Bought a cyber Monday special.) What type of build would it be most suitable for? ie: Better suited supporting a heavier barrel or a larger caliber? Help me, I've bought another lower, and I can't get an upper.



ARP 127 - Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 5


Welcome to Episode #127 of the AR15 Podcast. Parts 1 through 4 of our Building an AR-15 from Scratch series have left us with a complete, functioning rifle. Now it’s time to accessorize with optics, lights, and other enhancements when we put it all together in part 5.

Main Topic:  Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 5

Putting it all together

  • BUIS
  • Rear BUIS with FSB
  • windage only
  • windage + elevation adjustment
  • Combo BUIS (Front & Rear)
  • Front Sight Post
  • height adjustment
  • custom posts
  • Optics
  • Optics - Mounts
  • supplied mounts vs.
  • QD mounts
  • Optics - Considerations
  • Operating distance
  • Task Requirements
  • Functionality
  • Optics - Types
  • Unmagnified
  • Red Dot
  • Holographic
  • Magnified
  • Scopes
  • Fixed
  • Adjustable
  • Magnifier
  • Reticle Choices
  • Accuracy and Reliability Enhancements
  • The Wedge
  • Nylon Tipped Tensioning Screws
  • Tensioning Takedown Pin
  • Extractor enhancement kit
  • Enhanced Gas Rings
  • Slings
  • Mounting concerns
  • 1-point, 2-point
  • Rail Accessories
  • Form Factor
  • Needs & Objectives
  • Handguard choice drives accessory availability
  • Lights
  • Positioning
  • Switchology
  • #allthelumens

Otis Technology:

May 4:  Koal McMillan

May 11: Len Dichtel (dick-tell)

May 18: @spillicious

May 25: @msr300blk

June 1:  Billy W. - @bigbiller on Instagram

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.

We’re back to Facebook for our giveaways. Remember to like and share the post of Chad showing off his Otis kit up in Alaska.


Bob L:  Reed, I enjoyed the podcast as usual.  I thought I would add that the gas port length is really a function of a needed pulse width in order to cycle the BCG.  For the 556.223 it is about 7-7.5 inches, measured from the gas port to the muzzle.  This is the time (pulse width) the system is under the bullet passes the port until it exits the muzzle.  As you shorten the barrel  from rifle (20") to Carbine (16") you need to bring the port back in order to maintain the requisite 7 inch pulse width.  And yes Mid is generally used with an 18" barrel for the same reason.   Most barrel manufacturers don't give you a choice.  Exceptions exist for specific applications of course.

Also many brakes do help control muzzle jump, and varmint hunters like myself use them to facilitate follow up shots when using a scope under magnification.  This is to maintain acquisition, so its not always a recoil issue.   Thanks again and keep up the good work.

Joe:  I was listening to your review of apps episode & noticed you only covered Android & iPhone apps with some PC apps. Here are some Windows Phone apps I found.

  1. Firearm Record Keeping
  2. Reload Calculator

Enzo P:  Hey guys, thanks so much for mentioning Enzo Rifle Works on your podcast. I wanted you to know that that grip on my Trident MK1 is a Karl Nill. Its hand made in Stuttgart Germany and takes months to get. Its walnut and is referred to as a sniper grip with palm shelf. They are $300. + or -. Its alot for a grip, but if you ever have a chance to wrap your hand around one, you will see why, and when I built the Trident we spared no expenses.


ARP 100 - A Look at Magpul and Their Latest Offerings


Welcome to Episode #100 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my co-host 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.

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

Product of the Week:

Brownell’s Back in Black Event for the week of 11/17-11/23

Main Topic:  Magpul

Magpul Armorer’s Wrench

BEV Block

Precision Rifle Data Book

Precision Rifle Quick Reference

Magpul’s MOE SL (Slim Line) Product Lineup

Magpul’s M-LOK Product Lineup

PMAG Accessories

Gen M3 Ranger Plate

Gen M3 for 7.62

AK Products

Shotgun Accessories

The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

Jennifer Gehman


Chris South of Dallas: Just a couple comments on hearing protection.  I have both Peltor (early 90's version) and the Howard Leights (2013).  Both are good, the Peltor are heavier and take a 9 volt battery.  So a year ago I decided to try the Howard Leights as I was seeing a lot of them at the range and at classes.  They are lighter and are almost as effective as the Peltor.

Concerning the custom molded electronic ear plugs, I was not that interested until a few years ago when my hearing loss reached the level that it began to impact my ability to understand conversations.  Because of that, I am now looking at hearing aids.  Once you start looking at those prices, then the opportunity to add noise reduction to the hearing aid begins to make a lot of sense.  I am scheduled to have my hearing tested again soon and at that time will likely see about acquiring a set of Sport Ears.

Keep up the good work.

Kyle:  Hi Guys,

Thanks for all you do. Keep up the great work. In a past episode you mentioned about writing in with ideas for future giveaways so here it goes.

What about AR accessories? Maybe a high end optic like an ACOG, or a few Geissele triggers so there are multiple winners, or go with the "Reed Special" and give away a few sets of iron sights!

I would love to win an optic, trigger, etc. to put on a future build!

Thanks again


ARP 080 - The State of the AR


Welcome to Episode #080 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my co-host, 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 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 Receiver

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

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

100-009-585 - Magpul - MOE Rifle Stock

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


Installing your collapsible stock

Main Topic:


  • Colt LE6920 - $932
  • FN-15 - $955
  • S&W M&P 15 Sport - $599
  • Bushmaster M4 - $811

Rifle Components

Prices are coming down


Not really seeing any flexibility in pricing, but we are seeing a lot of innovation

Ammo:  Historical pricing trend

55 Grain

  • Federal American Eagle .223 (1000 rds) @ $345.00  (.34)
  • Tula .223 (1000 rds) @ $240.00  (.24)

62 Grain

  • Federal Cartridge XM855CS, 5.56 NATO 62 GR, (2000 Rd/Case)

AR15 (MSRs) in the news:

Raffles:  Church Raffle, Little League Raffle

Bans and work-arounds: New York

Background checks: FBI Report


Cody:  One comment that I have to make. The upper receiver block that you have linked in your show notes does not work on Billet upper receivers. I bought the Midwest Industries Billet upper and it was too big and didn't allow the clam to shut. I had to go with a "take down style" upper receiver style. I like the  Geissele Reaction Rod better though.

James:  Reed, In episode 77 mike mentioned a 1-4 scope that he was recommending but I wasn't able to catch who the manufacturer was or where to buy it. Can you let me know who makes the scope please?

Mike:  Hi Guys, You might have covered this in an episode I haven't heard yet: On a flat top AR, where should the front and rear sights be placed?  I'm building an AR with a flat top receiver. It has the entire length, so I can put the sights at any point. I'd like to start off with sights so that I can get used to using them and save up for a better quality optic. I've searched the internet but haven't had much luck finding an answer. Hope you guys can help.

Tom J:  Hey guys have a question about barrels linings, what is the advantages to a SBN (salt bath Nitride) and chrome lined barrel? Always look forward to the podcast every week if you have talked about this before please let me know I've slept since then. Keep up the good work.

Mark:  Good afternoon gentlemen, I just found your podcast and it's now in my podcast rotation (I listen to over 15 different ones a week). I have not listened to many of your back episodes yet so please forgive me if you have already covered this. I am looking to build a 9mm conversion AR using an AR lower. The reason I am not getting a dedicated lower is due to where I live...Upstate New York.  Do you have any suggestions for a 9mm conversion block?  I see Brownells has 2 but would appreciate any feedback you have on them as well as any words of wisdom for the upper components as well. Thanks for a great show. Outro:

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ARP 070 - Useful Accessories for the MSR


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:

Amazon affiliate link:

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.


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.


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


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