AR-15 Podcast - Stretching the Budget on Your Next Build

Welcome to another edition of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode JD and I will be talking about how to stretch your budget on your next build.   

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MAIN TOPIC:

Mark Kexel Utilities mostly. The less I spend on water and electricity (both overrated), the more I have to spend on the rifle.

Stuart Keith Well, we know how J.D. does it......he simply only buys the receivers.....and saves money by not buying any other parts.....

Jeremy Rowland Nowhere. I saved, bought the part I wanted. Then saved some more, then bought the next piece. So I bought exactly what I was wanting. No need to cut corners and make something not exactly like you want.
Mike N Dominique Spigut
Barrel and trigger. Most of the expense should be on a sweet looking FF rail and cool stock. Save enough for a quality "battleworn" paint job as well. Many legit looking tier1 accessories are cloned by Chinese factories and can be added for maximum instagram appeal
Gregory Riley
Depends on the build and purpose. I've got two nice builds with good parts and well known dealers. The other has Frankenstein leftover parts and some cheaper sale items on it bc I was just throwing something together bc I felt like it.

Larry Cunningham I don't. If I have to save for what I want then I do it. Most of my rifles took a year or more to build. I got an ar 10 upper and lower for fathers day. I happened to get the buffer assembly from my lgs who had it laying in the back and wanted to get rid of it. I need a bolt and barrel now so maybe for Christmas I will get another piece.

Curtis Tutak I shop sales and collect parts over time. Also I’m not into expensive receivers. Aero’s on sale are perfect for my needs.

Craig Valentine Primary Arms. There sales are really hard to beat. As far as parts, I end up using a ALG QMS trigger and throwing in a JP Enterprises spring kit and make it feel almost like a one piece trigger.
Nathan D. Young
I don’t. Lol. Figure this rifle is going to last me a long time so I do it right the first time. My favorite rifles are my 2 builds (5.56 Aero Precision SPR and a 9MM QC10 SBR PCC).
Ric Ky
Just wait until a Black Friday, Labor Day, or Memorial Day sale to save money. Doesn't make sense to cheap out otherwise

Matter of Facts Podcast Buy excellent quality used parts. Don’t cheap out otherwise. Maybe save a few bucks on lower/upper. Barrel, BCG, trigger group will have a huge influence on the total package.

Alex Gavieres Cheap AR stuff usually works fine. But then, I'm one of those guys that's cool with cheap barrels. $50 BCA barrels are good to go.
There are great deals on optics. Picked up a 1-4x Bushnell for $72 shipped from Brownell's last year. Precision scope? The 6-24x Athlon Argos BTR FFP is pretty sweet...and a steal at $295!
Toby Cumbee
I only buy parts when major sales are happening. July 4th, Black Friday, veterans days etc. I also buy brands that are too expensive but do provide value.

John Farra I've bought cheaper hand guards and I do my own trigger work. 3.5-4 lb trigger with a mil spec and a new set of springs.

David Taylor I make a list of parts I want and watch the sales. Buy when I see a bargain. It takes a while to complete a build, but eventually I have a project for a rainy day. I haven’t tried many expensive triggers yet, so I’m sure that’s saving me thousands already💸

Seth Vogel Well since I still have the a2 pistol grip that came with my mil spec lpk for my Anderson lower, and topped off with psa complete upper and a buffer tube and stock I won I’d say the whole gun but my next one so far all I have is my aero precision lower and done plan on cutting corners gonna get what I want

John Farra I also buy my barrels from Mark Kexel and Bruce Finnegan. Saves money on ammo when you know they are going to shoot good as soon as you get them
Tim Crosnoe
Well, iron sights can go for sure! 😂 With presbyopia can't focus on it, so it does no good. Just gotta keep enough batteries for my red dots.
Joshua Whaley
bi pods handrails stocks. my stuff was affordable but i made it look nice only expensive stuff was the assembly barrel scope etc.

Mike Hart AR parts have become a very competitive market, try to find a sale... and i don't try to cheap at the same time I do not go expensive( my shooting habits don't justify it)
Tj Repka
Anywhere but the heart of the rifle parts...bcg, barrel, and trigger...never skimp on them if at all possible

Mike Braun For me it’s hand guards. They get out of hand fast. And for most of us they don’t contribute much to the accuracy
Iain Clark
I stop eating for about a month...

Stephen Mad On holiday sales Don’t compromise on parts quality

Mike Clark Im a buy once cry once , thats why i dont have much ...

Mike Quigley Only use 5 squares of single ply ass wipe instead of 10

Dom Lopano I won't go cheaper. I'll save for longer if I have to

Vernon Brooks Liquor. I find that the build is both cheaper and more reliable with less of it.
Johnny Chan
I try to save money on the minimum thing like roll pins, Springs, detent, etc. safety Selector

Bob Horn Ramen noodles for 2 solid months equals a respectable BCG.
Wade Loosbrock
Lowers, uppers,barrel. Of course I hit up the sales like Black Friday and holidays

Tom Sticks Wall Lowers. If you wait for sales they can be found pretty cheap
Tom Tipton
It’s a period of time buying stuff two or three parts at a time !!!!!! And not all at once !!!!

Jody Tippett By getting parts from prize tables at 3 gun matches 😎
Jim Wilkerson
On food mostly. Walk to work instead of buying gas.
Nate Free
Save on all that silly shit my wife wants.
Tony Contreras
I cut down my fishing and kayaking expenses.

Jim Southern Where my wife can't find it.

Billy Atwell The stock and handguard

Russell Olive It's hard to want to save anywhere when you're building one part at a time!!
Nathaneal Huley
Depends on the purpose of use. If building it for 500 yards or less... OPTICS... Never cut corners on iron sights... THEY’RE MANDATORY!

Rusty Jenkins I try to save money on non essential parts like barrels and BCGs...

Austin Hess I am patient and shop sales. I’ve also sold my left nut and a kidney

Robert Ross On buying the right part the first time around.
Mike Quigley
Save money, Ha that is Fake News sir

Marty Sanford I try to save my money BEFORE I start. LOL.

Michael Capri Iron Sights

Craig Bathurst Waiting for stuff to go on sale.

Ed Burke No where!

Jim Carlson On the ammo.

Fabian Cardenas You don’t

Micki Caprioli I try to use as much duct tape as possible

Dave Lane Hand guards

Jay Schall Not on the barrel or trigger group.

5 Things you “SHOULD” spend money on.

  • BCG

    • Bolt Failures

    • Gas Key Failures

  • Barrel

    • Gas Port

    • Headspace

    • Crown

  • Trigger

  • BUIS

  • Magazines

Honorable Mention…

  • Mounts

  • Buffer Springs

5 Things you “CAN’ save money on.

  • LPK

  • Optics

  • Muzzle Devices

  • Buffer Tube

  • Handguard

Feedback:

Outro:

ARP 126 - Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 4

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Welcome to Episode #126 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me tonight 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, 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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Main Topic:  Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 4

The Building the Upper Receiver

  1. Upper Receiver
    1. Forward Assist
    2. Ejection Port Cover
    3. Lapping the Receiver
  1. Install Barrel
    1. Attaching to the receiver
    2. Torque
    3. Gas Tube Alignment Tool
    4. Anti Seize/Galling compound
  1. Install Gas Block/Sight Base
    1. Taper Pins
    2. Dimpled
    3. Clamped
    4. Gas Tubes
  1. Prepare BCG
    1. Extractor Upgrade Kit
    2. Lubrication
    3. Visual Check of Components
  1. Prepare Charging Handle
    1. Lubrication
  1. Install Handguard
  1. Install Muzzle Device
    1. Crush Washer
    2. Peel Washer
    3. Shims
    4. Visually inspect diameter

Otis Technology:

April 20: Eric Strong

April 27: Michael Blace

May 4:  Koal McMillan

May 11: Len Dichtel

May 18: @spillicious

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:

Myles:  Hello, it has really been too long since I sent in a message. Oh, before I get going I wanted to thank you for your recent interviews with the factory reps from FN and Faxon. I have been curious about the Faxon arak for years as it looks like it resolves most of my issues with the AR design. I hope to get an arak 31 not long after they become available. Especially if they decide to make their rail in Mlok (hint hint).

On to the meat of the matter. This fellow Jeremy wants an AR in 7.65x54 rimmed, Russian? Well I am afraid he is out of luck. The closest such animals that I know of are the Noreen bad news rifles in 2006.

Here is a crappy pic of me and muh beard holding one in 338 Lapua at the local Cabelas.  And this little number which I think is only available in Europe.  http://www.luvo.cz/products/rifles/LA-11-200.html

If one wants an autoloader in this caliber I think your only options are to get a used Romanian PSL or a Molot vepr. Both are pretty uncommon.  Oh and for future episode subject matter may I suggest having a look at the sig mcx. Or perhaps a look at the new rifles by American defense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By5HAFE5ILU

Chad:  Reed,  for putting in the front pivot pin, I use a 1/4" clevis pin that you can get from the hardware store for a couple bucks. It works just like the tool from brownells.

Rusty F:  Guys thanks for your podcast and thank you to Brownells for sponsoring it. I listen via the Stitcher radio app on my Android

One tip I thought I'd pass along for anybody doing home gunsmith work. Go to a local store that sells second hand sporting goods and pick up a couple of hockey pucks. They are great for using on your workbench to put under things to either protect parts or change the angle on something you're working on.

Thanks again.

Mark M:  Just listened to full episode and I would concur on the 6.5 Grendel show. I am almost done with my build, 80% lower is in process. AR Performance barrel 18" melonite in 6.5G/264LBC, Ares Armor bolt carrier, Timney trigger.  There is a big debate about using the official 6.5 Grendel chamber vs Grendel II or 264LBC chamber.

Joe:  I recently started listening with episode 89 & I noticed you missed some ideas for truck bed storage. Here are links to some other ideas that are more stealthy than the ones you mentioned, especially if they are seen all the time in your vehicle. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lund-4-95-cu-ft-Aluminum-Fender-Well-Tool-Box-78225/100598341?cm_mmc=shopping-_-bingpa-_-25-_-100598341&ci_src=328768002&ci_sku=100598341http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-48-in-x-24-in-Universal-Storage-Chest-2048-OS/100130283?N=5yc1vZc23lhttp://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-70-in-Black-Aluminum-Polished-Deep-Truck-Box-THDD70B/203418360?N=5yc1vZc23l

Joe:  While designed to go on your arm you might be able to figure a way to attach it to your AR. http://www.ellusionist.com/pyro-handheld-fireshooter-by-adam-wilber.html

Steve:  Hey guys as always I really enjoy the show, especially the build portion you are doing currently, I have a two part question-first I am working on building a 308 style target rifle, I have been researching carbon fiber handguards and found one by Precision Reflex at Brownells , do you guys have any experience with this company in reference to it holding up with a 308 caliber. Secondly, the base rifle I am adding it too is an Armalite AR 10, this is probably going to sound like a dumb question but how exactly do I free float the rail, or by mounting the new one it becomes free floated?? I don't really understand the free float process. lol I wanted to get your input before starting this little project.

Larry C:  You mentioned how hard it is to install the pivot pin. I found the site below and using a clevis pin made it so much easier and it was cheaper than other tools I found.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_4/362116_How_to_install_the_front_Pivot_Pin_using_a__1_clevis_pin___56K_death.html Evertt B:  Hello again Reed, Anthony, JW, and everyone else at the AR15 podcast and FRN. Thanks to tax returns, palmetto state armory, and your podcast, I just finished my first AR. I haven't gotten to shoot it yet, but plan to either today or tomorrow (if the weather holds). I ordered the Freedom rifle kit from palmetto, which seems great quality especially for a first rifle and a good platform to buy upgrades. The build was a blast and doing it together with my 17 year old son made it so much better. We planned to do a pair of rifles as a father/son project but had to settle for a "shared" rifle for now. As we upgrade parts on this one I plan to save what we take off to do a second rifle. I almost had a "lime-green linoleum" moment. While trying to install the pivot pin and detent my hand slipped and next thingI knew I heard something hit the ceiling and bounce off the back of my shoulder. Thank God my son has better eyesight than me. He found the detent and we got it installed. The hardest part of the build was believe it or not the trigger guard pin. It simply didn't want to move. We eventually got it in but I figure that trigger guard is never going anywhere. I did have a couple of questions. First off the palmetto rifle kit came with a pre-assembled upper with their 16" stainless barrel with a mid-length gas system. Is there anything specific to the stainless barrel I should watch for? Or with the mid-length gas system. Doesn't most 16" barrels use a carbine length system?  Why mid length? Well before this gets any longer thanks for the great show and all the info you give every week.

FB: Jesse L: Hello Reed. Listening to the last show building from scratch part two, I realized I might have a tip to share with you.  See The hole in the spring channel for the front pivot pin?

If you drop your spring in the depress the spring with a punch, you can capture the spring with a small flat screwdriver. Now while hold the spring compressed with the screwdriver, remove the punch, drop in the detent, then slide the pivot pin in, remove the screwdriver and you’re done!! By far the best way I have found to do this part of the lower!!

Tom G: Thanks for the refresher on building AR's and sorry I forgot to tell you the lower is the Spike's/Sharp Bros designed Warthog on my 6.8spc build.  It's at the shop getting Cerakote paint job in Texas Tan will post a pic when I get it back.  I will shoot iron sights until the scope becomes available.

I have a Tegra carbon fiber lower that I am thinking of doing a build with.  Making it as light as possible and seeing how it does with the recoil.  Sometimes when you get too light you get another set of problems but I would like to try it out.

Instagram: @jonjon_mclain:  Great show series going on right now!  I like the advice to consider all the options for the application.  In my experience, high cost is not always directly related to performance.

@mray22925: Range time with subsonic .22

@lifebehindagun:  The MK12 mod 0  build is all done. Next on to the 300blk.  #PRI #leupold #mk12 #igmilitia

@aledbetter: Sneak peek at the new build lightweight AR15 almost done.  Goal is under 4.5 lbs, under budget and nice to look at.  #tegarms #battlelinkminimaliststock

Outro:

ARP 088 - Zeroing Your Black Rifle

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Welcome to Episode #088 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today are both 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.

100-003-742WB – A.R.M.S.,INC – #41-BL SILHOUETTE FOLDING FRONT SIGHT

080-001-017WB – Brownells – .223 Wylde HBAR Rifle Gas 20" Barrel

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

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

Tip:

Lining up your FSB/Gas Block

Main Topic:  Zeroing the MSR

1.         Basic Terminology

  • Point of Aim
  • Point of Impact
  • Trajectory
  • Zero
  • Aperture

2.         Iron Sights

3.         Scopes

  • Methodology
    • Boresight
    • Three Shot Groups
    • Adjust for Effect
    • Purposes
      • 100 yards plus
      • Modern Scopes allowing for closer ranges
      • Important Considerations
        • Check Your Mounts
        • Set Up Multiple Targets
        • Know the impact of your adjustments

4.         Red Dot Sights/Holographic Sights

  • Methodology
    • Boresight
    • Account for Engagement Distance
    • Account for Elevation over Bore
    • Adjust for Effect
    • Purposes
      • Quick Shots
      • Shorter engagement distances
      • Speed on Target
      • Wider targeting tolerances
      • Important Considerations
        • Dot size
        • Sight offset (2-2.5” above bore)
        • Parallax not very pervasive

Feedback:

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Brent W:  Reed, I just bought a fn15 from Bud's. I would like to swap the factory hand rail with a 12" carbon fiber quad rail. Any problems in my future with the a2 front sight of the gas block? Thanks

2k4ranger: Hello since you have been talking a lot about Appleseed a lot on the podcast i just wanted to leave my 2 cents on my Appleseed experience. Just so we're clear I'm a self taught shooter and mostly shoot bench rest and pistol.

I went to an Appleseed class in northern WI and was very disappointed, maybe I just had a bad instructor or I'm too stuck in my ways but I would personally not recommend the Appleseed project to anyone.I was extremely disappointed in the instruction, and found the techniques with the sling manipulation to be extremely unpractical in both hunting and range shooting, I wish I could have my 22lr back.

Anyways just my personal experience.  Thanks for the excellent podcast.  Always learn something new every time I listen.

Anthony F: Hi, I am a long time fan of the black rifle and was really excited when I found your podcast. I looked through the back catalog of podcasts and could not wait to start listening. I finished listening to the two latest episodes and liked the information they contained but I have found the audio quality makes it difficult to listen to. I tend to listen to podcasts when I am driving, exercising or reloading and it was frustrating to have to keep rewinding the audio stream to try and catch what I missed the first time. I use an Android phone with an app called Pocket Cast to stream the audio and either the bluetooth in my car or beats headphones to listen. I don't seem to have this problem with other audio feeds so I don't think it is my equipment. Is there any plans to upgrade the audio quality of the show or are there and audio streams that are better than others? Thank you.

Dave in New Mexico:  Reed,I just finished listening to podcast #87 and what a struggle it was to understand you and JW. The audio quality was poor and you both sound like you were talking in a tin can. Your words sounded run together and very muddy, not clear and crisp. Can you borrow Jake’s microphone that, that he can’t afford, and use it?? Please go back and listen to see if you are not hearing what I am, if you aren’t and it sounds fine to you then disregard this e-mail I listen to yours and other Firearm Radio Network Podcasts on iTunes.

Outro:

ARP 086 - Accurizing the MSR

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Welcome to Episode #086 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.

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

080-001-017WB – Brownells – .223 Wylde HBAR Rifle Gas 20" Barrel

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

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

Tip:

Things to remember when installing your barrel:

1.  Anti Seizing Grease

2.  Torque Wrench

3.  Barrel Nut Alignment Gauge

4.  Tighten to torque spec several times, then align

Our full show about tools needed for building your AR-15

Main Topic:  Accurizing your AR

1.      Trigger

    • Trigger Job (by Gunsmith)
    • Trigger Replacement

2.      Sling

    • Competition Sling
    • Canvas Sling

3.      Free Float the Barrel

    • Quad Rail
    • Slick Handguard

4.      Paired Bolt and Barrel

5.      Heavy Barrel

6.      Custom Made Barrel

7.      Custom Made Rifle

Feedback:

Chris:  Love the show. Have been listening since day one.  I just wanted to comment about something that was said in regards to eye dominance and shooting an AR. The conventional wisdom is one must always, and only, shoot with ones same eye as trigger finger. However, there are many with eye disease which must shoot in a cross dominant eye manner. To do this there are scope mounts which are so high that they allow you to look through an optic with one’s cross dominant eye. Obviously this will not work with iron sights. Thanks for all the great work.

Arturo:  Reed & Anthony, In ARP #85 you commented on feedback from a listener regarding their recommendation and use of a low mass bolt carrier from Rubber City Armory (RCA). Reed also mentioned he didn't see the need to switch from the standard carrier nor needing to worry about bolt carrier bounce or changing the cyclic timing of the bolt. By the way, in case you didn't know Chris Cerino works/consults with/for RCA.

Though bolt carrier and buffer weight has been used to tune select fire M4/M16's for smoother more reliable operation, the main reason for the low mass bolt carriers you see on the market for AR's today is to reduce felt recoil. They're used a lot by 3 gunners. However, to be effective they need to be used in conjunction with some way of adjusting the amount of gas used to cycle the bolt (typically via an adjustable gas block). What's innovative about Rubber City Armory is that they offer a low mass bolt carrier with an adjustable gas key, so you get a 2 in 1 function. It comes down to simple physics. You reduce and slow down as much as possible the amount of mass that moves rearward when a cartridge fires, and the felt recoil will be less. So you have to both reduce the weight of the bolt carrier and use just enough gas to cycle the action. Basically, enough so that the bolt will hold open on an empty mag after its shot with only 1 round loaded in the mag. The downside of course is that you can only tune for a particular load of ammo. Change the ammo and you'll have to re-adjust the amount of gas going to the bolt. Also, a gas key will be more cumbersome to adjust than a gas block, especially such as one made by Syrac Ordnance.

P.S. Anthony, you get that Tula/Wolf ammo working in your Bushmaster yet?

Adam K: I'm 99 percent sure that Huldra Arms is owned by Jason Adams, owner of Adams Arms. Fyi. Sorry for the presentation. Voice to text while driving.

Kiki: hey guys, love the show...was listening to past shows and came across full auto ar15s....you guys mentioned the lighting link...the lighting link was designed to work with semi auto parts only! no m16 parts! it was specifically designed to work with the colt sp1 bolt....the m16 bolt or newer bolts will not work, due to length of undercut on bottom of bolt, if you look at m16, ar15 and sp1 bolt you'll notice the under side are cut different lengths.....putting a lighting link on any other bolt than sp1 will cause your rifle to fire out of battery...theres youtube videos on this subject....anyways the good thing is that it works, the bad thing is after so many rounds, the link would have to be taken out and flattened back to shape. since its skinny and  soft metal and would bend out of shape and stop working.... hope this helps!

Patrick: Hey Guys, I recently started listening to your podcast after hearing one of you fill in on Gun Guy Radio. I like the show and I'm now looking to buy my first AR.  I'm looking at a Ruger 556E and a S&W M&P15T. I know that they are both different operating systems however they are about the same price at my FFL ($989 AND $919).

My question is…

(1) Which is the better value for the money?

(2) Which do you think a newbie like myself would enjoy more.

Thanks for your reply.

Greg: Reed, I have some feedback about the 5.45 podcast.  It seems as though you had some concern about being "stuck" with an increasingly unavailable round like the 5.45x39 in an AR-15. First, if you already own one, the round is still available in non-corrosive variety. While not as cheap as it was when it was a much more attractive option, it is still as cheap as comparable cartridges.  I own a S&W upper as well as a Ballistic Advantage barreled one (still available barrels).  As far as being stuck with them, should I run out of ammo (no way).  All that is required is a barrel and bolt change. That is no different than changing other calibers. If switching back to 5.56/.223 you could even reuse you flash hider and your gas block.  I can even reuse my 2nd gen. Magpul window mags.  Although I don't see that option in my future as I already have both, it is a valid point to make that you are not stuck with the cost of a whole new upper.  Keep up the podcast. I enjoy listening about the MSR while I work.

Outro:

ARP 084 - News and New Gear for your AR-15

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Welcome to Episode #085 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host J.W. Ramp 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.

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

Tip: Buy your ammo in bulk. You really save.

Main Topic:News

US House tries to roll back DC gun control (but probably doesn’t end up doing much)

Viva Noveske Video (we’ve got awesome rifles and expensive cameras. let’s make a silly video!)

Jerry Miculek Dual-Wielding AR-15 Pistols (he’s awesome. enough said)

Larry Vickers’ Long Range Aimpoint Challenge (Uncle Larry getting all excited about hitting steel at distance with a 4moa red dot)

Petition to Remove Suppressors from the NFA

New/Updated Gear

Magpul - MS3 Multi-mission Sling Gen 2

Devil Dog Concepts - Hard Charger

Iron Viper - Pin-Detent Spring Combo

Adams Arms - NY Compliant MSR

Blank Rain Ordnance - NY Compliant MSR

Ares - NY Compliant MSR

SilencerCo - Shotgun Silencer

Haley Strategic - INCOG Discreet Rifle Bag

Feedback:

Mario (Uneek64) S: Hey Reed! Well I’m almost finished with my very first AR build and wanted to ask you which muzzle break/ comp you recommend. My style is close quarter training and here are the ones I was looking. Let me know what you think or have any other suggestions to finish this up as I don’t have any experience with any of the below muzzle breaks. If you need additional info please let me know.

Battlecomp 1.0

PWS FSC556

SUREFIRE MB556

BCM MOD 0

Jacob M: In response to Chris's issues with his KMR hand guard, he writes...

"the width of the hand guard creates a potential problem if you want to use the 45 Deg top KeyMods.  If the tool, light etc, does not have a KeyMod base, then you cannot use a Picatinny Rail Section as the top rail is too close to the 45 deg rail to install a part on it."

At first I thought the same, but some will fit. I have a Surefire lite with a cheap aluminum ring. I attached that to the picatinny rail section that came with the KMR. I have it to the top right 45 section... It was snug but it wasn't too difficult getting it on there.

The KMR is super light weight and great hand guard. I'm sure Chris thinks so too if he has two of them. I just didn't want people to get too discouraged if they are planning on doing a setup like that cause it is possible.

In response to your episode 79 on Slings, I briefly heard mention of "The Way of the Gun Sling" by Frank Proctor. I Liked the Idea of a minimalist setup so I wanted to try it. It attaches using supplied para cord, so there is no need for any additional hardware, or bulk. Its Slim lightweight and battle proven. Frank spent 18 years in the military 12 of which was Army special forces. He did a great job, I Highly recommend his sling. Any doubts just youtube one of the review videos

Recently I've had the urge to tell everyone about my findings with stocks. I've tried several stocks in my past. I have used Two different VLTORs, Tapco, and Magpul. I have to say I'm most impressed with the B5 Bravo stock. It's light weight, It has a great cheek weld with out the additional bulk of battery compartments. Also the plastic they use is very durable. It can take quite a bit of heat and punishment before it deforms. For the price of around 60 bucks, It\'s a really nice stock.

One last thought. I noticed a big improvement in the audio the last few episodes, Makes it a lot more enjoyable to listen too. Thank you. Ill try to add links to a photo of the KMR mount

Take Care.

Ian K:Last week you were talking about the KeyMod system, and all the accessories.

Just picked up the beautiful KMR 13 rail from Bravo Co., very light weight, fit and finish is first rate, comes with Loctite, additional 1913 rail sections, and a barrel nut wrench (that some others make you pay extra for). The assembly instructions are clear and concise, but made a point that the KeyMod hole is NOT to be used as a QD point. Who knew?

Thanks again for a great program,

Nathan Y:  I just wanted to say thank you for your quality of shows and the variety of topics. So here is some irony, I listened to episode 71 when you had the interview with Josh Waldron from SilencerCo. I never really thought much about suppressors before and listened to that show a few days before the NRA Exhibits in Indy. Because of the interview I stopped by the SilencerCo booth and talked with the staff there and brought up your podcast and chatted a bit about the interview. They were having a drawing for their new Saker 762 rifle suppressor. When I got home I found out I won the Saker 762 for that day! Needless to say I now have an NFA trust and a Form 3 in the works for my Saker to ship to my local dealer. I wanted to share that with you and encourage you to keep educating us on a variety of topics.

Keep up the good work and providing a great service to us- God Bless

Outro:

ARP 082 - Keymod Handguards and Accessories

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Welcome to Episode #082 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 takedown pin detent across his avacado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

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Tip:  Always make sure you read the directions.

Main Topic:  KeyMod History:

Design initiated by VLTOR Noveske collaborated and improved Noveske and VLTOR adopted and implemented Released as an open-source design

Key features and benefits

  • Screws do not separate from the KeyMod nuts
  • design calls for a lug that secures the accessories to handguard
  • drop in install with minimum alignment trouble
  • eliminates abundance of unused rail allowing lower profiles
  • adoption of universal system allows for cross product compatibility
  • low profile of KeyMod nuts inside handguard make it easier to put suppressor inside
  • standardization of processes within the TDP decrease manufacturing costs

Manufacturer’s Noveske - NSR VLTOR - CASV-KM Mega Arms - MKM and MTS Knight’s Armament - URX 4 Geissele - Super Modular Mk4 PWS -  DI Keymod Handguard Midwest Industries - SSK FF BCM - KMR CMMG - RKM

Accessories Picatinny Rail Sections Bipod Mount (PWS or Odin) Hand Stops Vertical Grips Light Mounts (Horntail, etc) Handguard Panels BUIS (KAC) Sling Hooks QD Sling Mounts Barricade Stops Belt Hook

Feedback:

Bob in Keokuk, Iowa:  Reed and Anthony,  On last weeks show a question was asked about the difference between salt bath nitriding and chrome lining. Chrome lining applies a thin layer to the surface of the barrel. The barrel and the rifling would be cut larger depending on the thickness of the coating.

The salt bath penetrates into the steel actually changing the surface of the base metal. Both Nitrogen and carbon are interstitial atoms in the crystal structure of the steel. While elements like Cr, Ni and Mo replace iron atoms in the crystal matrix, smaller elements like carbon and nitrogen sit between the iron atoms. At higher temperatures and high concentrations these interstitial atoms will penetrate into the steel. When they talk about a case depth or thickness in this case it is the depth that the nitriding penetrates into the steel.

By shoving all of these interstitial atoms inside of the crystal structure you greatly reduce the ability for the larger atoms to move around each other. Think of those beaded seat covers. If you have two and you pull one across the other it is bumpy but they will slide. Now take some marbles and shove them in the small spaces in between the beads. Now when you pull them across each other it takes more effort. This is a simplified way to think of how adding these interstitial atoms harden the steel. There is of course a lot more going on there with intermetallic carbide and nitride formation but I think that helps get the idea across.

The advantage I see is that the nitriding does not change the dimensions of the barrel and cannot "flake" off because it is actually part of the barrel. Will the average shooter know the difference I don't know. I went with a stainless barrel for my build. Below is a picture. I had an aimpoint on it at first but Reed says I need to learn to shoot iron sights so by god I am going to learn to shoot with iron sights.

PSA blemished lower. BCM blemished upper. PSA lower parts kit. PSA BCG CAA Interchangeable pistol grip UTG fixed stock. YHM free float hand gaurd Rainier arms .223 wylde, 18", rifle length gas system stainless barrel. Troy industries fixed battle sight YHM folding gas block height front sight.

I have about three hundred rounds through it at this point with one failure to eject. The gun was hot and a steel tula case stuck on me.

Thank you for inspiring me to jump in and build a complete rifle for my first AR. I really enjoy the AR15 podcast an all of the shows on the FRN.

Arturo:   Hi Reed,  How's the weather in Texas today?

Listening to ep #81. Just heard you mention your use of the forward assist. Have an topic idea for a podcast ... proper methods to recover from malfunctions. For example, today I don't think that using the forward assist when the bolt fails to go into battery would be recommend for example. Do you really want to jam a round in chamber if the gun failed to load a round normally? Could cause further trouble depending on the cause for the malfunction in the first place.

Regarding Anthony's problems with steel case ammo. He could try a lighter weight buffer, and/or switch to a low-mass bolt carrier. However, I think his problem maybe that the gas port on his barrel maybe too small for the steel case ammo he's using. Has he tried using different vendors/loads of steel case ammo?

Rob:  Aloha, I know shooting eye dominance is not just for ARs but eye dominance will affect AR shooting. Have you or any of the GREAT GGR shows covered?

How about a back to shooting basics AR show? Safety, proper handling, basic stance etc. If ya think it's boring it means ya need a refresher!!!! Have ya ever gone to a friends house and he wants to show you his new firearm by whipping it out sweeping everyone in the room....luckily the girlfriends/wives have likely wisely fled the room.......and YOU have to ASK him to clear it? Oh, and then he gives you that superior it's not loaded look?

Love da show!!!

DrD:  Here are a couple of links worth reading that pertain specifically to topics you've covered recently and in the past few months.  (I had sent these to Reed, but didn't see them posted and got no response, so I guess he never received them) Enjoy!

Re: MSR Failing episode http://www.defensereview.com/the-big-m4-myth-fouling-caused-by-the-direct-impingement-gas-system-makes-the-m4-unreliable/Re: FN SCAR episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_98MeKrCzwkRe: Barrel episodes (Be sure to read the comments as well as the article.  Many of the responses are quite enlightening) http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/10/daniel-zimmerman/the-truth-about-barrel-length-muzzle-velocity-and-accuracy/Tim C:  Reed, You talked about steel ammo causing failures in the AR. You might want to take a look at this article: http://www.luckygunner.com/labs/brass-vs-steel-cased-ammo/. This article is pretty exhaustive in analyzing ammo and its affect on the rifle over thousands of rounds. Of particular interest given your show is the lacquer coating you referenced. In reality, the only lacquer-coated ammunition they tested was the Brown Bear. Tula and Wolf have polymer coatings-mainly for the prevention of rust. Also, their conclusion about the lacquer affecting failures was, "We found no evidence to back up the claim that lacquer coatings melt in the chamber and cause extraction failures." In fact, they say earlier that "We shot them until they were too hot to hold – hot enough that a chambered round would cook off in ten to fifteen seconds. We also tried leaving rounds chambered before temperatures reached that point. None of this harsh treatment caused extraction problems." Hopefully this will add to your knowledge base. Love the show!

Mr. King:   Happy Fourth of July, or Independence Day, or... Heck with it. Happy Birthday, America!

On your earlier show #078, you mentioned go/no go gauges. Might I ask you guys what these are, how important they are, and how to use them?

I'll be buying the Magpul adjustable stock and buffer tube next Thursday, and want to stay ahead of the game. I've already bought the vice, punches, hammers and other tools needed -except for the armorer's wrench.

I'm finally all caught up with your shows, and looking forward to the next one. Have a great holiday weekend.

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ARP 081 - When MSR's Fail

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Welcome to Episode #081 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.

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Main Topic:

When your Modern Sporting Rifle fails - what does it mean.

Operating Failures

  • Running Dirty
  • Running Dry

Ammunition Failure

  • Steel Case Ammo
  • Squib Loads/Double Charge
  • Questionable Reloads
  • .223/5.56 issues

Catastrophic Failure    

  • Barrel Bulge
  • Chamber/Barrel Extension Failure
  • Extractor Failures
  • Bolt Failures
    • Cracks at Cam Pin
    • Cracks across the bolt face
    • Firing Out of Battery

What our FRN Hosts Have Seen:

Robbie Lee Rea: The only failure I have ever had was an ejector on a S&W 15-22. It broke off and I took it back to a local distributor. They shipped it off to S&W and they shipped it back fixed with absolutely no charge whatsoever.

TJ Gauthier: I had a friend build a carbine and it hated certain steel ammo. It would leave a groove in the side of the case that looked like the bolt had been scraped across the top and not load a fresh round into the chamber. It was only with the lacquered steel ammo, so he didn't investigate it and just stopped using it, but I wonder if you guys could know what the problem was

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Aaron Krieger: I was shooting one day and my rifle locked up, could not figure out what the %$# was the problem. I drop the mag and clear the gun, I keep pushing the forward  assist, try to take it apart but the bolt is jammed back into the buffer tube. I pull the pins but it is still locked together. Long story short the tooth of the forward assist broke and jammed in the rifle holding the bold jammed in place. Enough hits loosened it. Boom fixed, my rifle now has no forward assist.

PowerFactor Show: Remember not to use pistol powder in a .223. Saw a friend kaboom two rifles in one 3gun stage. His primary and a friend's backup. Ouch.

J.W. Ramp: Couple weeks ago I saw a firing pin retaining pin that had sheared into three pieces and was floating around in its channel, causing the BCG to lock up.

Have seen plenty of malfunctions that were due to guys running their new ARs bone-dry. No bueno.

Ryan Michad: Black rifles fail?! No way. I had an MP5SD shear off a casehead one time; it's black, and it's a rifle :) (sort of)

Gene Carangal: The only AR15 failure I have is the failure to convince my wife that I need to get an AR15.

Ryan Cross: I had a gas tube shear right at the port inside the gas block, didn't know until I could slide the tube back and forth about an inch.

Another time I had fire out of battery which damaged and jammed up the lugs into the barrel sleeve, had to beat it like it was late to dinner just to free the bolt, and cracked the chamber in the process.  Why I shoot bolt action now!

Devin FIP: One time I accidentally loaded 9mm laser ammo cartridge in it and it got stuck. About 20min later, a torn apart rifle, and a bunch of tools, my brother and I decide to shove a cleaning rod down an beat it(because we already tried pushing and tapping) out. A couple sharp blows and it popped out. No damage to the rifle but the laser ammo was jammed shut. My brother and dad got it fixed and they've both live happily ever after.  I talk about it a bit in the review I did for the laser ammo. Here's a link to it if you want it: http://firearmsinsider.tv/reviews/surestrike_ultimate_le_edition/

Jeremy P: Buddy stuck a 5.56mm in an old .223 chambered AR and blew the side out of the upper. Said it split like a tomato can.

Michael Cap: My failures:

Falling out of a  HUMVEE in a very expeditious manner:  Double feed on an M4 - got one round off and the rifle jammed: The magazine bent when I fell on the rifle.  Full weight of me, IBA and the rest of my gear was a little too much for it.  Get to cover, rip out the magazine, rack a couple of time, insert new magazine, good to go.  (I then got 10 new P-Mags)  surprisingly the CQ/T survived the fail.

Other than that jams due to lack of lubrication or bad magazine in competition. (which is my fault)  I just had one last weekend at a hi-power match.  Jammed on a 300 yard rapid fire.  Shot an alibi relay and jammed again.  Dropped the magazine lost three rounds onto the mat (I was at the 300 yard prone) fired 4 rounds from the magazine, then had to hand load 3 rounds from the ground.  10 rounds total in 70 seconds at 300 yards.  Shot a 95-2X.

Worst failure I saw was an idiot who didn't check his magazines before loading blanks.  He loaded his blanks on top of a live round.  Everything was fine for about 27 rounds then the bullet from the live round hit the BFA - KABOOM.  Luckily he was wearing ballistic goggles, helmet and gloves.

Funniest failure was some poor shmuck who built an AR-15 space gun on a colt lower.  The heavy 26 inch bull barrel and the rest of the crap that goes on them was too much for the cheap aluminum.  The guy was shooting standing, fired a round and then the front of the rifle tipped to the side when he took it down.  The front pivot pin cracked (There is a reason why colts weight less and why no one builds a match rifle around a colt lower).

And then off course the idiot who thought he got a deal on his ammunition - .222.  Round went off and case stuck in chamber.

And then there is builder error.  A buddy thought he could build an AR without seeking assistance and bought the cheapest parts possible.  Put it together and test fired it.  It wouldn't cycle.  He finally asked me to look at it, and it looked OK and spec'd out fine.  We took it to the range and it wouldn't shoot.  So back at my house we took it apart.  No gas hole in the barrel.  I told him to send it back as drilling a gas hole is beyond my level of expertise.  He said he got it from a guy for $50.  Moral of the story - if its a REALLY good deal - ITS NOT!

Overall the M-16/AR-15 I have fired have been reliable.  If I did my part, they did their part.

Doug Hartley: At the USPSA Multigun Nationals this year I used some 5.56 ammo instead of my regular .223 ammo in my competition gun.  Its a JP upper with JP LMOS (lightened bolt carrier) JP low mass buffer (the red one) and has a 20" barrel and adjustable gas block.  Gun runs perfect with .223 ammo, but during the match I tried to run the 5.56 , Winchester 5.56 Q3131, and the gun would frequently not pick up the next round.  One stage I really cratered because it was bolt action most of the stage.  Later in the match I borrowed some .223 from another shooter and gun ran fine.  You can see video of my malfunctions on YouTube.

Feedback:

Ian K:  Hi Reed,  This week you talked about trends in rifle and ammunition pricing. I wanted to pass along to you a good series that The Firearm Blog has been doing on a regular basis.   They’ve been charting ammunition prices and trends monthly, high, low and average pricing for 500 rds and 1000rds in nine popular calibers. Nice to see everything getting back to pre ’12 levels. Next, I know we all like to shoot the heavier stuff in 5.56, but it’s still rather spendy. Well IMI (Isreal Military Industries Ltd.) has released a true Mk 262 clone at a pretty good price.

Take care, and we’ll talk soon.

Myles:  Listening to your most recent episode I heard you talking about your lack of information on the new colt 223 caliber ammo being brought into this country.

I have shot it, I love it, it's the only steel case ammo I trust (somewhat) for practice. The zinc coating appears to be a much better than that horrible lacquer or polymer used by brown bear and wolf respectively. The powder doesn't seem to leave as much carbon and other crap in the gun as most other varieties of steel case ammo and I have never had a malfunction of any kind with it. Which is more than I can say about every other flavor of steel case ammo I have used including hornady.

It's also 62 grain ammo, not 55 grain, so my most recent build that uses a PSA 1/7 twist pencil barrel it shoots better than any practice ammo I have on hand. Haven't shot groups with it yet at long range but at 50 feet I would say it groups about 1/5-2 MOA and I can hit a bowling ball sized target at 100 yards without really trying.

P.S. in relation to Mark’s question and the use of 9MM in short barrels. Ever think of doing an episode, or an episode segment about the sig brace? I have a century arms version of said implement on a Zastava PAP AK pistol and after a couple of minor modifications it turns it from a ridiculous toy to an awesome weapon.

However since poor Mark is in New York if he were to be seen using one at a range he would probably have a swat team swinging through his windows like Tarzan. I don't know if New York State, or any state has outlawed the brace yet, but I am not optimistic.

Jesse:  Hey Reed, I have a question about this weeks show.   If I am installing an A1 front sight on a rifle that has a flat top upper but I am going to put a Colt removable handle with a rear sight built into it.   I was thinking that I would be able to use the standard A1 front sight post, I thought the extended post was to make up for the rear sight sitting so much lower on the flat top upper?   Is my thinking on track?

FYI, I am building this rifle for my wife and she wanted an A1 stock and handguard so I decided to go with the pencil thin barrel and A1 front sight base.  I got a Spikes Combat Trigger and all I need to get now is the barrel and brake! The upper and lower will be more modern but I think it will still look pretty good!  Gunstruction helped a lot because I was able to show different styles to my wife and got her feedback before I bought parts.

I learn a lot listening to you guys!   Thanks and keep up the great work!

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ARP 080 - The State of the AR

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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

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Tip:

Installing your collapsible stock

Main Topic:

Rifles

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

Rifle Components

Prices are coming down

Accessories:

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

Feedback:

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 079 - Slings and Attachment Points

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Welcome to Episode #079 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is 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 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 Kit080-000-627 - DPMS - Buttstock Mounting Kit, A2 Rifle

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Tip:

J.W. about choosing the right trigger.

Main Topic:

Slings (Brownells has 69 different slings for sale) Types

1 point 2 point 3 point Different purposes (TAB Biathlon sling) M1907 (Appleseed special) Materials Stretchy Padded Fireproof

Attachment Points Type Sling/bipod stud Strap slots QD, flushcup Hook Placement On stock Receiver end plate (ASAP plate, Noveske end plate) Built into rail Rail attachment

Usage of slings Hanging rifle for movement or other tasks Extra support for precision fire

Network Feedback:

Doug Hartley (Powerfactor Show):  I use Viking Tactics 2 point slings on my long guns.  http://www.vikingtactics.com/product-p/vtac-mk1.htm  I like them because they are easily adjustable for my needs and are robust and reasonably priced.

Ryan Cross:  Coitac single point- generally the bungee kind with the option to swap out the attachment point for clip, swivel stud, etc.

Nick (Practically Tactical):  Hi Reed,  I currently have the MagPul MS3 Multi-Mission sling for running in a single point configuration. I tend to prefer one point as I think it gives a free-er range of motion and makes using my hands for non-firearm moves better.

I am, however, starting to look into 2 point slings and learning how to use them more effectively (I think that is why many people use a 1-point sling), I think I will be buying the Way Of The Gun ( sling. Here is a video on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY3mMd2L8mc

Good Luck on the show,

Savage1r:  I like 2 point slings, because that's what I'm used to having and it secures the rifle well. I recently got a 1 point sling for my AR to try out, and it's ok, I'm just not a fan of the rifle bouncing around and having to hold it with one hand.

Jeremy P:  Condor Combat Bungee sling, in it's two point configuration. Like it because when set up it falls in front and keeps the rifle at the ready but doesn't swing around as much like a one point sling does, and can also be adjusted for use with body armor.

Michael C.:  Reed,  For tactical or patrol....or for patroling the streets in Iraq or Afghanastain = Viking Tactical Sling  (http://www.vikingtactics.com/product-p/vtac-mk2.htm)   I wish there had been a padded verision when I used it. For Competition I like the Turner Leather sling with the numbers (http://www.creedmoorsports.com/shop/Turner_Custom_made_Leather_Military_Rifle_Sling.html).  For an AR you need to use the 56", the standard military length of 48" is too short.  The 48 is for Garands and M1A / M-14. If you just want something neat to carry your rifle the paracord sling is kind of cool (http://www.creedmoorsports.com/shop/Paracord-GunSling.html) The Cobra Tactical BAT sling (http://www.cobratactical.com/Cobra-Tactical-BATS-Tactical-Weapon-Sling_p_3279.html) is kind of cool too, its based on the British Royal Commando sling used on the L85 rifle.  This sling allows you to put the rifle into backpack mode for climbing.  The one thing I don't like about the sling is you adjust it by reaching behind with your right hand.   Kind of hard to do if your shoulders are tight. Hope this helps.

Anthony M:  Hi Reed,  I'm a fan of the Magpul MS4 sling along with one of their stocks with a QD mount, ASP QD plate, and picatinny QD attachment. Its nice because it has the ability to be either a single or dual point sling with a quick reconfiguration of the push button QD mounts. Also the adjustment of the sling itself is fairly easy with the loop on the sling.

Sam A:  As far as slings go I only have one (i don't consider the tissue paper thing nylon sling the rifle came with a sling) sling. The Magpul MS3 It works great with the asap plate or any other one point anchor. the benefit in this sling is versatility in that it can be unhooked and utilized in a 2 point fashion. Im a big guy 6"7" 295 and its ergonomics leave something to be desired. it digs into my neck a bit.

Brad W.  here’s what i use for its versatility and ruggedness.  i like that i can quickly change from single point to two-point configuration in a couple seconds.  it's also super fast to adjust the tension in either config.

http://firearmsinsider.tv/reviews/magpul-ar15-ms3-quick-detach-sling/

thanks!

Steven R:  VTAC original, it is super adjustable on the fly so you can adjust it to your gear when shooting, then make shorter to sling on your back when you need both hands and your whole front of body free. Inexpensive too. Its awesome.

http://www.vikingtactics.com/mobile/Product.aspx?ProductCode=VTAC-MK1

Nikki T:  Hello guys, Here is one of my favorites designed by Bill Rogers of the legendary Rogers Shooting School for SAFARILAND. It is one of my favorites for men and/or women. Easy to install, easy to use!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW6sQ8kRZRU I am also a fan of the VTAC 2 point sling:  http://www.511tactical.com/vtac-2-point-sling.html Have a great podcast!!

Outro:

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ARP 078 - What tools do I need for my AR-15 Build?

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Welcome to Episode #078 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today are 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 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 Kit100-009-797 - ALG Defense - ACT AR-15 Trigger Set

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

Rifle Assembly Tips:

The Lower Receiver Parts Kit and your Fire Control Group

1.  Magazine Release 2.  Bolt Catch 3.  Safety Selector 4.  Trigger and Disconnector 5.  Hammer

Main Topic:Tools for your AR build

The Major Tools Needed 1.  Workbench 2.  Bench Vise 3.  Upper Receiver Action Block 4.  Lower Receiver Vise Block 5.  Armorer’s Wrench 6.  Hammer 7.  Roll Pin Punches 8.  Torque Wrench

The Tools that Make it Easier 1.  Roll Pin Starter Punches 2.  Roll Pin Holders 3.  Bolt Catch Pin Punch 4.  Geissele Reaction Rod 5.  Barrel Nut Alignment Gauge 6.  Stock Wrench 7.  Pivot Pin Detent Installation Tool

Special Use Tools 1.  Snap Ring Pliers 2.  Carrier Key Staking Tool 3.  Bolt Ejector Tool

Things you wouldn’t have thought you needed 1.  Painters Tape 2.  Anti-Seizing Grease 3.  Work Mat

Listener Feedback:

Chris W: Hey guys, love the show. I just want to revise a question I had sent in earlier this week.

I'm trying to decide where to get a barrel from for my .300blk SBR build. I want to get a quality barrel, but I don't know what to look for. I've heard the benefits of chrome lining and nitride lining, but I don't know what a reasonable price is because Aero Precision is selling an 8 inch CrMoVa barrel for $210, but the 9" barrel from AAC that has a nitride coating and an installed gas block is $425. That seems like a crazy price compared to the Aero one, but maybe it isn't. Being a newbie to the industry, I would love to hear from some more experienced guys on what to do for a barrel. I want quality, but I'm on a fairly tight budget. What's a good compromise? I'd rather spend a little more if it's going to last a lot longer for me.

Any help is appreciated, and thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! I do have one question on that though, I know that I can enter through subscribing to the newsletter, leaving a review on iTunes, or stitcher, but what I'm not clear on is if there can be multiple entries? If I do all three do I get three entries? Thanks again,

Damian:  Hi Guys, I just found your show! I am building my 1st AR and was pleased to hear discussion on building one in your 75th episode. I have a couple newbie questions that I have not been able to answer yet:

Do I have to worry about upper / lower pairing (dimensions, gaps, etc) from different manufactures or is this taken care of by the mil specs?

Along the same lines are there any other dimensions I should be watchful of while building and mixing parts?

Coatings Coatings Coatings, Melonite, NiB, NiB-X, Teflon, etc, good bad & ugly and one manuf. to the next, quoting quality. I'm leaning towards NiB-X.

I always see a lot of reviews talking about budget builds but could you do a good, better and top of the line comparison with reasoning?

Thanks, I'm excited to listen more for the piece part manufacture comparisons and your choice logic!

Robert W: Reed I really enjoy your podcast, I work for An Armored Truck company and listen to the AR15 podcast and other podcasts on the Firearms Radio Network using "doggcatcher" podcast aggregator for Android while working. I just picked up a Blackrain lower for myself and a Phase 5 lower for my eldest (21) son for a simultaneous build. My son will build his on a college student budget and I will build my AR with a little more green. Do you have any suggestions to make it educational and fun.

Rob L.:  Have you guys discussed using 45 deg offset BUIS with optics? As I understand it to use standard (inline) popup BUIS you have to remove your optic/scope 1st. 45 deg. offset a better/realistic alternative? Sorry if I missed!!

GDT AR15 AR 15 Front and Rear 45 Degree Rapid Transition BUIS Backup Iron Sight.

Thanks....

Charles K: As I fly from PHL to PHX, I am listening to Episode 77 on Stitcher (offline)and I wanted to give you some constructive feedback.

I love the show, but there is a lot of background noise in this episode, and it sounds like either strange breathing, or stuff being slid across the counter top.  It is very distracting.

Thanks for a great show and great topics.

Ian K:  Hi Reed, and great job on Ep.77 Michael C.!  Another great episode guys.

Michael, one of the highlights was knowing how Reed must have been filling with pride as you cast aside that new-fangled ACOG to introduce and instruct young Marines on the proper use of the archaic iron sights!

If I may, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask a small favor of you.

Now that you're getting into the Brownells build, you will be discussing the tools needed and recommended for each assembly.

Lets all of us clear thinking individuals take a stand here and now and agree to eliminate and never again mention the horribly ineffective and poorly designed upper receiver action block that many builders have had to suffer with for decades. Now that we have the Geissele Reaction Rod, and similar quality products from Brownells, there is no reason to ever go back again.  For those new builders, I’ll let you describe the simple genius behind securing the upper receiver at the barrel extension, as opposed to crushing the entire aluminum upper in a bench vise, then fighting it as it slips and shifts while trying to torque down the barrel nut at the same time. Please spread the Gospel.

Love the show guys, and thanks again,

Now if I could just figure out how to fit this ACOG to my M1 Garand.

Outro:

Enter the AR-15 Podcast Rifle Giveaway sponsored by Brownells by going to www.ar15podcast.com/winner to join the FRN mailing list. You can also enter the Giveaway by leaving written feedback on iTunes and Stitcher Send us any questions or comments to feedback@ar15podcast.com You can also send us a recorded voicemail by using the Speak Pipe Plugin on the right hand side of the  ar15podcast website Subscribe and listen to the AR-15 Podcast for free at firearmsradio.tv/itunes Be sure to leave an iTunes review so iTunes can place the show higher in the searches of potential listeners If you listen to us on the Stitcher app, be sure to leave us a review there. Share your pics with us on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/groups/blackrifle/ Follow us on G+ to watch us LIVE at http://www.firearmsradio.tv/plus Check out our YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/FirearmsRadio Follow FRN on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Firearmsradio Check out our other podcast on the Firearms Radio Network Don’t forget to use our Brownells Affiliate link for all your AR-15 parts http://www.ar15podcast.com/parts Don’t forget to use our Amazon affiliate link on the Firearmsradio.tv website

ARP 077 - Now, Where Was That Spare Magazine?

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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: ar15podcast.com/parts

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?

Introduction:

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.

Options:

  • 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 trapdoorcollector.com, 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.

Outro:

  • Enter the AR-15 Podcast Rifle Giveaway sponsored by Brownells by going to www.ar15podcast.com/winner to join the FRN mailing list.
  • You can also enter the Giveaway by leaving written feedback on iTunes and Stitcher
  • Send us any questions or comments to feedback@ar15podcast.com
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ARP 074 - AR's that aren't an AR or are they?

Welcome to Episode #074 of the AR-15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is 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

Announcements of the Week:

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

Main Topic:  AR's that aren't an AR or are they?

Troy Industries has come up with a pump action AR and Ares has released its SCR, tonight we look at some AR’s that aren't an AR, but they're close. Ares SCRTroy PAR (Pump-action Rifle)Rhino Arms 12 Gauge Upperhttp://www.rhinoarms.com/news/new-12-gauge-shotgun/

50 BMG Uppers

http://www.tactilite.com/Spartan-50-BMG-Upper-Receiver-p/s1.htmhttp://www.ferret50.com/ferret50_conversion.html

Crossbow Uppers

http://pse-archery.com/p/tac-ordnance-crossbow-black-package?pp=12(was even available for sale on Amazon at one point - http://www.amazon.com/Archery-Tac-15-Crossbow-Upper-1135/dp/B001SGZG9K/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top )

Bullpup

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2011/11/28/longziz-1-an-interesting-homemade-bullpup-with-ar-15-lower-receiver/

BAR:

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/05/08/ohio-ordinance-works-hcar-modernized-bar/

Listener Feedback:

Ray H:  First off love listening to you all while I drive up and down the state of California.  Well you guys and the rest of the Firearms Radio Network got me to build an AR15.  I thought was all corny when Reed would read in the beginning of the show how Jake would shot a detent into the carpet then on to the linoleum floor. Found out first hand the rear dent spring are tiny missile. Thank god my wife was at work I wouldn't have wanted her to see two 44 year old brothers face down on the kitchen floor looking for that spring.  Had order a replacement as that first one is gone somewhere in the darkness of the evil tile floor. Thanks   Ian Kay:  Hi Reed, JW and Anthony, Another great an informative episode, thank you! Thanks for the SCAR profile on a show about the Stoner platform, I'm not sure why it feels ok to do that, (as opposed to any other modern battle rifle), but it just does. Clearly its easy to understand, when compared to the M4 why the Mk16 was not adopted. But the Mk17, when you need to cover a half kilometer, it looks like one of the best .30 cal rifles today. I would be interested though to compare the SR25 and a Mk17 set up in the DMR role, which one has better accuracy. My guess would be the AR, having all that gas and piston hardware hanging off the end of the Mk17 barrel can’t be that good. I’ve always appreciated how with a free float rail the AR barrel is almost naked, with little to disturb the harmonics. I’ve always been interested in the SCAR because it was trying to be a replacement, and as great as it is, still not any real improvement over the AR. In my opinion the real problem is the cartridge, if you think adopting a new rifle is difficult, consider changing the NATO standard! I especially enjoyed JWs perspective and first hand knowledge of the platform, I don’t think that a lot of people (myself included) have had the chance to try one, so his experience and insight was really appreciated. Finally, I’ve heard that the next gen SCAR will look a bit like the FNAC, non recip charging handle and the front sight moved off the gas block. Pretty cool! Thanks again,

Outro:

ARP 066 - AR-15 Upgrades for your Stock AR-15 Rifle

Reed and Anthony talk about AR-15 upgrades for your stock store bought rifle.

Welcome to Episode #066 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.

Due to overwhelming demand, Jake has relented and installed new flooring.  While we here at the AR-15 podcast question why he chose linoleum, we fully support the retirement of his lime green shag carpet.  So don’t forget that Brownells is there for you anytime you make a mistake, like when Jake shoots a spring across his avacado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

Brownells Item of the Week:  Barrel Extension Torgue Tool

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

Tip of the Week:

Know your vises.  We aren’t talking about VICE’S (like alcohol or cigarettes), but vises.  If you need to remove your flash hider, make sure you have a barrel vise, NOT an upper vise, like me (Anthony).

Main Topic:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXiH4c5RRXg]

Baseline Rifle:  S&W15OR (Optics Ready)

Iron Sights:

Trigger:

Furniture:

Listener Feedback:

David F: I live in CA and am looking into buying an ar pistol and in my research I've noticed that there are some models that don't have a buffer tube. I'm not interested in buying one but it got me wondering how do they work?  What pushes the bolt back forward after a round is fired?  I've only found one example of how they work but it's a all polymer model from AZ Also is there a place that I can find answers to questions like this. Sent from my iPad

Steve:  Hey guys love the show, I was wondering if you could cover some of the details in building a KISS or IDF style AR. I have bought my first lower and would like to go this route for my first AR. Specifically what composes a carbine of this type, is it the lack of optics or the style of handguard? Maybe you could shed some light on this one.  Love the show. Thanks for the help

FNH - FN 15 User Manual

Jesse:  So, I have a story regarding a range bag... I have the Midway Competition bag, which I really love.   One day my daughter and I were at the range using the bag as a rest while shooting.   Wait, first I have to explain that we are in Massachusetts and my AR came without a flash suppressor or brake and the barrel is not threaded so I can't easily add one.   As a result, every shot comes with a 6 inch in diameter ball of fire at the end of the barrel!   Well, I was looking the other way and my daughter got something out of the side pocket in the range bag but didn't bother to zip it up.   She then proceeded to lay the rifle across the bag, well above the hanging pocket but directly above it.   When she fired, the ball of flame melted the top of the flap and the zipper!!!!  Now, I have a brand new range bag and she owns a bag that constantly reminds her to close up the bag when using it as a rifle rest…

I love the show, keep up the great work!

Scott:  Hey guys, I enjoyed the show on .300 blackout out and was wondering if you have any experience with a 9mm ar? Is it as simple to make my 5.56 ar into a 9mm as it is to make a .300 blackout? What kind of range can you get out of a 9mm? Would it be better to maybe build an ar pistol? Thanks for any help you can offer. The new Co hosts are doing great by the way.  Thanks, Scott

Outro:

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AR15 Podcast 065 - Another look at the .300 AAC BlackOut

Reed and Anthony discuss .300 Blackout

Welcome to Episode #065 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.  

They are there for you anytime you make a mistake, like when Jake shoots a spring across the room into his lime green shag carpet.

Brownells Item of the Week:  Nemo 300AAC Blackout Nitride Barrel

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

Tip of the Week:

Putting a new barrel on a rifle

Main Topic:

Development of the .300 AAC Blackout:

Attraction to the .30 cal round:

  • Heavier hitting bullet
  • .300 AAC Blackout mirrors 7.62x39mm performance
  • Readily achieves subsonic performance
  • Better close quarters performance over 5.56mm

Accessibility:

  • Fits and feeds in AR Mags
  • Barrel is only part that needs to be modified
  • .30 cal suppressors can be utilized across all smaller calibers
  • reloading components are readily available

Modification of Existing Rifles:

  • Barrel Switch
  • Upper Switch

Other Resources:

Listener Feedback:

Mike:  Thanks again for the great podcast. It is always nice hearing your comments about items when listeners write in. I appreciated your answers to my rather long email from the suppressor show. Great advise. Two quick items - the accuwedge - this may be the best thing I've never heard of.

http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/receiver-amp-action-parts/receiver-hardware/accu-wedges/ar-15-m16-accu-wedge-prod27507.aspx

I was running my 300 Blackout upper on my lower, and noticed it wasn't as tight as I would like. Quick web search, and order and this arrived. What looks like a great and inexpensive accessory to any AR.

Also - a question to J.R. - SBR's they will soon be legal in my home State, Washington. I'm assuming that if I have an SBR - I can have multiple uppers with short barrels, and one registered lower receiver - a 5.56 upper with a 10 inch barrel, and a 7 inch ACC barrel in 300 blackout  for example, but only one lower registered SBR?

- Yes, I realize this is not legal advise, but what is your opinion and experience.

Thanks,

Jim G: Reed and JW, I discovered the AR-15 Podcast several months ago.  I have found your show content very informative.  I learn something new on every show.  Like this week, I learned more about bolt carriers.  I had seen advertisements and videos about the difference between AR-15 and M-16 bolt carriers, and how to identify them.  I never understood why the AR-15 bolt carriers had less material in them until your explanation that the government forced the manufacturers to make them that way to help keep people from converting the guns to full auto.  Thank you for the explanation.  It is that kind of content that keeps the shows interesting for me.

JW, I am from Pittsburgh, and think it is great that someone from my area is helping out with the show.  I want to take some training, and would like a recommendation from you as to a good place in the Pittsburgh area to go.  I want someplace with quality instructors and a range of classes in pistol and rifle.  I bought my first AR in the fall and think training is important to the safe use of the gun.

Rob L.:

AR slings show.....How's it hangin. Great idea!  Piston vs DI show plz. Another noob show 1st AR build plz. Maybe I missed are Jakes vid up? 1:7 spin. OK I know what it means. But what does it mean? Hands on theory plz.

Silencers. If covered again discuss sub-sonic etc. Would like to hear 5.45X39 ARs. Poll on who listens & their interests?

Sorry if you've covered and I've missed!

Love the show!! You got me to finally get off my okole and start a build!!!

Thanks....

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ARP 064 - Interview with Primary Weapon Systems

Reed and J.W. interview Stacy from Primary Weapons Systems. Welcome to Episode #064 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.

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Brownells Item of the Week: PWS Triad Flash Suppressor

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Tip of the Week:

Try out different kinds of slings. One/Two-point, QD/latch/straps, adjustable/fixed. There’s some very nifty little gadgets that guys like PWS make to help give you more options for attaching your AR to your body. Does your sling let you transition to a sidearm, is it easy to walk around with the rifle hanging, are you muzzling yourself or others by manipulating the sling? Take time to work with your sling and a dry AR to test all the different uses you can come up with.

Main Topic:

Primary Weapons Systems Stacey Nagy, Regional Sales Manager

  • Mk1
  • Mk2
  • Accessories

Listener Feedback:

Mike R: Great podcast on suppressors - Thought I would comment on my two most overlooked details - length and weight. I was a novice and was not able to test any suppressors. I purchased a Gemtech HVT 7.62 can. I really like the product, their service, and support. I am very happy with the performance of the suppressor. I too shoot it on my 308 caliber guns, and sub caliber firearms as well.

The length and weight of the suppressor comes into play when moving with the gun, such as hunting and competition. I for one wish I has spent the few extra dollars on a titanium suppressor, as they are a considerable weight savings, in some cases half the weight. The length adds to a very unbalanced feel of the firearm when in the field as well, in my experience. That coupled with the weight lead me to cut my .243 hunting rifle barrel to 16" so with the suppressor it's not so unwieldy

I think all shooters of rifles should start out with a suppressor. I started my son on his .243 with the Gemtec. It reduces recoil, and of course the sound. The added bonus of hoping for no hearing loss for my son (I have some documented loss already) was one of my main selling points on the purchase.

I'm currently looking for a short, titanium can just for hunting.

Also, you addressed some points of accuracy but not point of impact shift. I experience some significant point of impact changes with the can on the firearm, versus it off. So much that I have to sight in with the can, and make sure I shoot with it on. In some rifles the POI change is 6" at 100 yds. I have found no real accuracy differences, just POI shift.

Keep up the great show,

Frankie in Rock Hill: Reed and JW - Just wanted you guys to know that the Silencer podcast was just awesome. It really cleared some things up for me and I like the thought of one can for multiple guns. I don't like paying two hundred dollars for a tax stamp but I dislike the thought of being locked up even more.

I am on my first "build" thanks to your podcast. It's not really a build as I bought a Palmetto Complete Upper and Completed Magpul Lower. In case new listeners want to know l have less than five hundred dollars in the complete build. But I am an AR Owner!

I am curious if you guys have any thoughts on the poly receivers from New Frontier? I also would like to second Arturo's request about some brand comparisons and what does more money get me? Is it like buying a store brand vs. name brand and they all come off the same assembly line? I know FN is making most (maybe all?) of Palmetto's barrels.. do you know who makes their receivers?

Please enter me in the Otis give-a-way so I can keep my new AR Clean.

Thanks

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ARP 060 - Champagne AR-15 on a Beer budget

Reed and Anthony discuss buying into an entry level AR with Champagne quality for a Beer budget.

Welcome to Episode #060 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is our auditioning sacrificial 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.

Otis Ripcord Giveaway

For times in the field when you just can’t reach your Otis cleaning system and need a quick and effective clean – reach for the Ripcord®. This convenient tool cleans from Breech-to-Muzzle® in one quick and easy pass. The molded rubberized core and Nomex® fibers together create a more effective way to trap and remove fouling.

Winner:  Manny F:

Hello Reed and Tony. I just wanted to drop a line to say that I really enjoyed episode 55 \"Optics, A Different Perspective\". As always, when a group of active and veteran service men get together, especially Marines, hilarity ensues. I agree with your buds; forget about the VCOG and get an ACOG and 45* offset irons (since you love irons so much). Anyway, keep up the great work and please enter me in the Otis ripcord giveaway.

Regards,

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Tip of the Week:

Trigger control drill (LIVE FIRE!, safety first)

1. Load one round into your magazine, insert magazine and charge the weapon.

2. Fire down range at your target, perform a trigger reset and “fire” again.

3. Did your rifle move? No movement is good.

Ball and Dummy explained in text

Ball and Dummy Using Rifle Video

Main Topic:

What Constitutes an Entry Level Rifle:

  • Basic Features
  • Standard Controls
  • Common Calibers
  • Reasonable Pricetag

Entry Level Sweet Spot:

FNH USA - FN 15

    Weight: 6.94lbs

    Length: 31.9” (collapsed); 35.2” (extended)

Twist Rate - 1:7 RH

Sights: A2 front sight and M4 rear carrying handle

Handguard: A2 Handguard

MSRP: $1149.00 (link)

Bushmaster    (Patrolman)

    Weight: 7lbs

    Length: 31.9” (collapsed); 35.2” (extended)

Twist Rate - 1:9 RH

Sights: A2 front sight and M4 rear carrying handle

Handguard: A2 Handguard

MSRP: $1199 (link)

Bushmaster    (ORC)

    Weight: 6lbs

    Length: 31.9” (collapsed); 36.25” (extended)

Twist Rate - 1:9 RH

Sights: N/A

Handguard: A2 Handguard

MSRP: $1082.45 (link)

S&W M&P 15 Tactical

    Weight: 6.85lbs

    Length: 32” (collapsed); 35” (extended)

Twist Rate - 1:8 RH

Sights: Folding BUIS (Magpul both)

Handguard: Quad

MSRP: $1159 (link)

Colt LE6920

    Weight: 6.9lbs

    Length: 32” (collapsed); 35.5” (extended)

Twist Rate - 1:7 RH

Sights: Folding BUIS (Magpul rear, A2 front)

Handguard: A2 Handguard

MSRP: $1155 (link)

DPMS TAC2

    Weight: 8.5lbs

    Length: 34.25” (collapsed); 38” (extended)

Twist Rate - 1:9 RH

Sights: Folding BUIS (Magpul rear, A2 front)

Handguard: Top/Front Quad

MSRP: $1299 (link)

Rock River Arms LAR-15

    Weight: 7.5lbs

    Length: 36”

Twist Rate - 1:9 RH

Sights: A2 front

Handguard: A2 Handguard

Other: RRA Two Stage Trigger/Hogue Grip

MSRP: $1065 (link)

CMMG Mk4

    Weight: 6lbs

    Length:

Twist Rate - 1:? RH

Sights: Folding BUIS (Magpul rear, A2 front)

Handguard: A2 Handguard

MSRP: $1099.95 (link)

Del-ton DTI Extreme Duty 316

    Weight: 6.4lbs

    Length: 32.25” (collapsed); 35.58” (extended)

Twist Rate - 1:7 RH

Sights: Folding BUIS (Samson quick flip rear, A2 front)

Handguard: A2 Handguard

MSRP: $1100.00 (link)

Just out of Reach:

Ruger SR556E

    Weight: 7.36lbs

    Length: 32.75” (collapsed); 36” (extended)

Twist Rate - 1:9 RH

Sights: Folding BUIS (Magpul both?)

Handguard: Top Rail

Other: Piston

MSRP: $1375 (link)

LMT Defender Standard Patrol Model 16

    Weight: 6.2lbs

    Length: 32.5” (collapsed); 35.75” (extended)

Twist Rate - 1:7 RH

Sights: A2 front

Handguard: A2 Handguard

MSRP: $1,371.21 (link)

Daniel Defense

cheapest MSRP $1639.00 - link

Listener Feedback:

Wally L:  Hey Reed,  I listen to and enjoy the AR15 podcast and many others on the FAR network.

I need help in selecting a trigger for my AR build. Its the last piece of my MSR that includes a White Oak Armament varmint upper.

I've not shot 2 stage triggers very much and frankly they seem a little awkward to me, since most of my trigger time has been sending lead down a smooth bore to the tune of 50,000 plus rounds at trap targets.

So I’m hunting a economical single stage trigger. I've looked at Geissele and Timney, GREAT triggers no doubt, but I’m having a very hard time spending about $200 on a trigger for this build. Do you know of any good single stage triggers (3-4.5 lbs) in the $100 range?

Thanks,

Roger B:  I've been listening to you guys for about 2 months now and just caught up. I find the podcast very informative and has really helped me in starting my first ar build. I bought my first ar already built and now I'm ready to start my own black rifle. Just wondering what lower should i start with. I've been looking at the spikes. Thank you for time. Please enter me in the ripcord give away. Keep up the great podcast.

John T:  I bought my first AR 15 a few years back to discover the mechanics of this platform, and I've been loving it since. Of course during the discovery phase I sought out different media to educate myself and stumbled onto your podcast. I cannot tell you enough of how excited I am to buy my first lower and work my way up. You guys go into all the details the geeks desire.

My question is, I've heard all about what people swap out or upgrade first, usually optics or iron sight, and then triggers. I've been looking at triggers had my sights set on a nice drop in. All of sudden I'm hearing about the Tactical Fire Control 3MR.

This item seems to have a match grade trigger, with a little bonus feature. But wow, at $495.00 I stalled out. Do you think it's worth it over a Timney at $200? This thing seems so new I wonder about it's durability and reliability even for the match trigger. Have you had the chance to field test this item yet? Or do you think this is more of a trinket to hang on the AR? Which would you chose over if given the option and why? Does a good trigger for, outside of competitive matches,  make a difference? Finally, I have shot Class 3 rifles, fun stuff! ut let's be realistic, does this trigger get a little too close for the comfort of Iowa law. One of the few states which will allow Class3 with only extreme prejudice, ie; no personal ownership.

You guys really are great, I download your show weekly and share with the guys whenever I can. Keep up the good work and hope the show expands with every episode. And I'm not just lauding compliments like a cheap pimp just because I want to win one of your OTIS giveaways , because i do. But because the OTIS is an awesome product and you seem to have a spare few to give away, and if that's what it takes to submit my name for you to read my question then, I guess, whatever it takes. I actually do look forward to your next show, and your input for this novice on the 3MR trigger.

Thanks

war13usaf:  Show Topic: I have been listening since day 1, but has the 5.45x39 option been discussed yet? I was wondering, because this seems like the most viable option for training since the caliber is very similar to .556 but half the cost! From what I see you can use a standard AR bolt carrier so all you need is a 5.45 bolt, barrel, and mags. Is this correct and could you talk about it some more? thanks!

Jason:  I am wanting to build my first AR in 5.56/.223 as well as one in 300 AAC blackout. My question is for the 300 AAC. What barrel length is best? I am wanting and my initial research showed a 10.5 inch barrel to be best and I could/want to put a suppressor on the end without it being too long for a home protection gun. But I have shops around me telling me I have to go with a 16 inch barrel to avoid the rifle being too short and therefore illegal. what do I do? Keep up the great work and amazing podcast.

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ARP 056 - Anticipating Shot Show

Reed discusses what he is anticipating from Shot Show 2014

Welcome to Episode #056 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and solo tonight. 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.

Otis Ripcord Giveaway

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Winner: Rob L.

Hi, ARP-O54 feedback.....1st time AR assembler Greg P asked...."How do I know if my build is safe to fire"?  I'm finally working on my 1st AR....(thanks to the great encouragement & info from AR-15 podcasts)......As a newbie I've been told to have the "headspace" checked by a pro gunsmith before using the long shoe string. I believe ARP has discussed checking headspace in the past.

Looking forward to the NEXT ARP!!!

BTW....Are you still doing the Otis Ripcord Giveaway?

PS...What happened to Jakes AR Blog assembly videos? I've seen 3?

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Tip of the Week:

No tip of the week this week, but if you want to be a co-host on the AR-15 Podcast, send in an audition tape to Jake and me at Jake@firearmsradio.tv  and  reed@ar15podcast.com

Main Topic:

Shot Show 2014

Ten Things I am looking forward to seeing at Shot Show

1. FNH AR-15

2. Mega Arms - Shot Show Surprise

3. Tactical Fire Control - 3MR  Trigger System

4. Remington 2020

5. Left Handed 1911 (Cabot)

6. Advanced Ballistics Concepts - Multi-segmented Bullet

7. Where the AR platform is trending

8. Magpul

9 SIG Sauer’s Shot Show Reveal

10. Remington R-51

Listener Feedback:

Brent Weber:  hi guys.  I have about caught up with the back catalog but am not looking forward to the 2+ hr Christmas episode. I am interested in a 7.62x39 ar15 rifle. I want this strictly for the ammo cost since this round is much cheaper than the 223. Several companies make this rifle and I am interested in the Bushmaster A3M4 Patrolman. What would I be getting myself into with this rifle or one like it? What are the pros and cons to this type of platform or would I be better off going to a Sig 556r or AK?

Love the show and if you are giving anything away, please sign me up.

Thanks,

Steve C:  Reed- Great show and a perfect way to start the new year! High bar to set though. I listen to up to 9 podcasts a week and the ar15podcast is my favorite.

I have a question. I have a basic, mil spec AR all Magpul furniture and I want to begin upgrades at some point. Have the Magpul rear sight and fixed A2 front sight. In your opinion, what should my next two upgrades be... trigger, BCG? My gut tells me trigger since that the one thing that will help with a more controlled break.

Keep up the great work! And please, enter my name in this weeks Otis giveaway.

Steve C:  best wishes tony on your new opportunity! will miss hearing from you.

Reed.. has there been a show discussing components that commonly fail in the ar? perhaps what to be looking for as trouble signs? i just started listening to the podcast in the past couple of weeks and have hear all of the ones that are available with the exception of a couple....

is there a location that i can down load the first dozen and a half shows?

really enjoy the podcast and look forward to hearing more.

and finally... please enter me in the otis give away.

steve c

Nathan:  Good morning.  Just finished listening to your last 2 optics podcasts.  It is great to listen to Marines argue about optics. . .and breaking stuff.  Super show!

First, I wish the "marksman"(Nate, I think) could have been there for part 2.  It seemed like the short/normal range guys got lost a bit talking long range.(especially FFP vs SFP. . .you have to edit that out when someone is just making shit up!)  I wish they could could have explained a bit better why they liked what they liked.  Just because a Marine can break an optic doesn't make it bad.  Marines can break ANYTHING when they put their mind to it!  Wish they could have really dug into the optics side a bit.  ACOG's have good glass. . .It needs said.  S&B, US Optics and Nightforce have great glass.

Interesting comments about Vortex.  I have always thought them good, but not really good.  I have shot their high end scope and frankly it was hard to look through for more than 5 min at a time. . .something off a bit.  I refocused the reticle and side focus properly, but it was still ouchy!  Maybe I try again.

I really liked their Leupold comments.  Sure, a Mark 4 is a decent optic, but obviously not really built for hard use.  Wish they would have quantified this a bit more.  I guess they did talk about failing a box test.  Actually, Leupolds are know by target shooters as having suspect turrets, also!

I was super surprised to not hear like a 20 min rant about mirage!  Doesn't Iraq and Afganistan have killer mirage! Heck Montana has brutal mirage!  That is one of the main reasons not to shoot on like 20x at 1000 yards!

Liked the triangle concept.  Although, my triangle is more like Optical quality, Reasonable Cost, and Magnification.  You can't have all three, but you can balance the 3 with some sense of mission or purpose.

Liked them bringing it down to real for AR's. . .As in AR's are a 550 yd max rifle, if something other than paper is on the other end!

In their under $400 optics blow off discussion. . .Sure wish they dug in a bit there!  I get that blister pak scopes are unusable and $200 optics are hit and miss. . .but there are some real hits!  Burris E1, Vortex Strikefire and SPARC, Nikon Monarch. . .

I've blabbed to much, so now I need to look for your next show.

Zachary Brown:  This was hands down the best show yet. Information and entertainment wise. I agree about starting with good iron sights. I am a fan of troy. I use a flip up rear because it fits behind optic and a fixed HK style in the front. I like the super quick line up of the circles of the HK front with rear 0-200 aperture. The 200-400 aperture and front sight post make tiny groups and can bang a 12" gong no problem past 200 yards shooting off hand. The new magpul mbus pro are another good option. I run a 3x compact Acog with Larue single throw mount. It is such an amazing durable optic. Very alaska proof, super quick to get on target. I would certainly trust my life on it. I have the orange chevron reticle. I can put in on target out to 300 quickly and accurately. One of you all said something about .308 acogs. Mine quite interestingly will go on my 18" DSA Arms FAL with picatinny dust cover and shoots almost the same zero as my AR15. FAL is no where near as accurate as my AR but it punches holes like crazy on an IPSC target all day. Not sure how that is possibly but it is. I also have an older 1x trijicon acog reflex. It is a very durable red dot type sight except that it also has the orange chevron reticle so I guess it isn\'t a red dot. I agree 100% that the crazy high power magnification is asinine on an AR. It is a close to medium range round cartridge. I would love to put the VCOG on my next build. 1-6 with acog durability should be perfect. 6x is all you need. My longest kill shot ever was 450-500 yards on a Caribou with a .375 HH loaded with lighter bullets with a 4x fixed optic in about -20 below. Caribou dropped instantly. I have made plenty of 300 yard properly placed shots in Alaska on lots of various critters with various calibers with 2-7 and 3-9 Leupold scopes. I agree they are overpriced now but years ago a VX2 was a damn good affordable option. The vortex line of optics rock. The spark and strikefire are damn good red dots for the money. I don't know how bomb proof they are compared to aimpoint and eotech but they are good solid optics. A friend has the red/green dot strikefire on his AR. It has held up well. I also recently got the Nikon p223 3x 32 that I mounted on my 10/22 takedown actually. I also plan on running it on my tactical solutions ar22 m4 upper when I get some warne quick detach mounts. It is clear and solid has BDC and nice positive click turrets. I chose it because of compact size and no need for anything more than 3x that is the same as my acog on my main go to Ar15. I got it on sale for 100 bucks before Christmas. I will give a report after an Alaska winter of banging it around. The p223 and m223 are good scopes for the money. I don't think they are as good as the vortex in the same price but they are good quality. By the way is vortex made in the US? one thing you all didn't hit was people also buying high dollar or low dollar optics and then using crap mounts not properly locktited down. I have seen lots of scopes die and not able to shoot the broadside of a barn because of crap mounts and people not using locktite. want an Alaska gun enthusiast who is fairly knowledgeable on AR's to BS with on the show let me know.

David:  No hate mail here - one of the best episodes yet (at least one of the funniest!).  Nice to hear the perspectives and real world experiences of your fellow Marines.  As per usual, I just thought I'd help add to the fact-pile.  Mythbusters conclusively confirmed that the round Carlos Hathcock fired indeed could very well have gone through the Russian scope the Viet Cong sniper was using at the time.  Whether or not a shot like that could be made (unless by dumb luck), is another question.  As to the AR-10 / .308AR being unreliable and unable to function as well as a FN SCAR H - the general feeling is look no further that LaRue Tactical's OBR.  If weight is a concern, see their "PredatOBR".  It is like the S&B of the 308AR world - yours if you have the cash and can wait for one.  LMT's MWS is another, if budget is of concern and you don't want to build your own GA Precision's GAP-10 & Crusader Weaponry's Broadsword or Longbow.  The list goes on....  All can be had for about the same price as a SCAR H, maybe a little more, until you get into the upper tier.  They weight about the same (depending on barrel, etc.) perhaps a pound more.  Plus, like the AR15 there is a ton more aftermarket lego fixtures for it compared to the SCAR.  FYI I am interested in finding that 150 dollar Chinese acog. Did you have a link?

Thanks for letting me ramble keep up the great show. Thank all you Marines for your service. If you ever

Cheers,

DRD

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ARP 040 - California Guns - Black Rifle Edition

Crazy California: AR-15 evil black rifle restrictions. What makes a regular AR-15 an Assault Rifle? Welcome to episode #040 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Jake Challand. This is THEE 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.

Greg Bakken: Tactical Paradise

Gregg C: California State Highway Patrol

Anthony Miller: Firearms Insider Podcast Senior Producer

Main Topic:  California AR-15s

Resources: Calguns Forum

Wiki Calguns Foundation

Wiki Calguns Foundation FAQ

Assault Weapons Flowchart

What's an assault rifle under California Law?

Firearms listed by name = Assault Rifles (BAD)

Listener Feedback:

ROB -

1. 22 LR conversion perversion!! Buy a M&P15-22. No fuss or muss and ya now have TWO complete rifles instead of 1.5!!!.......Keep it simple and reliable!

2. AR give away......Let me get this straight. The guy with the most ARs is gonna WIN another FREE AR?!?! DOH. Do you work part time for Obama? Gotta be a better way to get folks NEW to ARs to listen in! Can I post some pix of my ex-wife to win? Hey she's hot......From Singapore!!!!  Whoa......You guys didn't marry a hot gal from Singapore?!?! LOL

3. Love the show. Been shooting since I was 5 with a Remington Model 68-22. Love the modern M-16A1/M-4/AR-15. Recently moved to a state I could own a proper AR. So I'm looking for my 1st. Don't want to pay the Obama premium. So I'm taking my time. I think my 1st should be a stock Colt. I especially like info for the newbie 1st time buyer.

4. IMHO....5.56 AR-15 for home defense? A 5.56 AR would be the last firearm I'd use for interior home defense. Maybe a 9mm Carbine AR. 1st Semi-auto handgun or 2nd shotgun.

DrD Below is a link to a flow chart for "assault weapons" feature restrictions in California:

http://www.calguns.net/caawid/flowchart.pdf

Essentially, the main restrictions that affect the AR platform are:

No more than 10 rounds per mag.

No suppressors

No full-auto

No SBRs (min. 16" barrel & min. 30" overall length)

Everything else is ok, as long as you've got a bullet-button on the mag-release.  If, not, then there is an entire other set of restrictions.

You may not "drive" things in from another state if they are currently considered illegal.  If a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds enters the state, it must be fully disassembled (follower, spring, plate, and mag body) - this is considered a "magazine parts repair kit".   It may not be assembled to carry more than 10 rounds, so 'capacity restrictors' are needed if you wish to assemble it in California.

All of this may be moot as of mid-October if Governor Gerry Brown signs the pending Bills into Law.  They will make the purchase ANY semi-auto with the capacity to accept detachable magazines illegal.  "Magazine repair kits" will be illegal, as will owning any that you previously purchased when they were legal.  There will be a grace period to dispose of them, hand them into the police, a FFL, or send/sell them out of state.  That's just he tip of the iceberg.  This is the link to the bills:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB374

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB396

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB47

If Austin is interested in how to build a California-Legal AR on a budget without sacrificing quality, feel free to pass my email address along to him.

Dixie - I got my Mossberg .22 out of layaway and went to shoot it yesterday. ( finding .22 shells is a job in its self ) I had to go to four different stores to find ammo but finally found some. For my review , my first thoughts when I got it home I question my purchase of the Mossberg .22 AR . I read the booklet it isn't anything more than a little plinkster with AR plastic around it. I took it along with me yesterday for a day of shooting along with my AR .223 and my Kahr CW45. At first we had trouble getting the magazine to go in, once we got that takin care of chambering a shell was a pain. After I got pass some of the first few problems , I shot a magazine through it. Loaded another mag a little better luck this time around , it shot better each time I shot it. My final thoughts, it's a good little plinkster, I went back and forth between my .22 and .223 it's about the same holding both guns they shoot about the same. But the differents they do have doesn't make the .22 a good substitute for the AR .223.

Myles: As soon as I heard you guys talking about California gun laws I felt that I had to fill you in on some important details.

Technically speaking you can't bring large magazines, flash hiders, etc into California. There are reams of laws saying that this is a big no no and there are more laws coming which can best be described as heinous.

However I have a friend who recently moved out of San Francisco, he owned and shot an AR-15 with a telescoping stock and full capacity 30 round magazines at ranges around that notorious city without hassle. He had the equipment to comply with the law (bullet button, 10 round mags), but never found it to be worth his while.

He is going to do a total rebuild of that rifle to celebrate his move to a free state and I will be sure to tell him about your work.

Practically speaking, enforcement of current California gun laws is impossible. In spite of its laws and reputation, as your download records suggest Cali probably has more gun enthusiasts that some states have people.

Even without the issue of "smugglers" bringing in contraband from other states. Example; there are gun sellers in California who sell 30 round AR mags as "rebuild kits" for pre ban mags that have worn out.

What this all comes down to is if you own a firearm, even a "legal" firearm and you are stopped by some fellow with a badge your continued freedom is subject to their personal opinion. Passing ten trillion laws has the effect of making everything, not just firearms subject to the capriciousness of whatever law enforcement official you encounter. Fortunately my one encounter with law enforcement in California was with a polite fish and game officer. And in all fairness I shouldn't have been out shooting that day regardless, the weather was terrible.

I am probably getting too far into political territory here, but if it wasn't for political awareness there would probably be no semi-auto rifles in this country.

Jeremy: In response to a listener feedback on california parts restrictions for shipment

I live in the communist state of Connecticut.

Cabelas will not ship anything(AR related) anymore.

For instance look at the restrictions on magpul handguard or buisy they will not ship to connecticut

Not sure why as I spoke with them and you would think the size of cabelas they would not want to disenfranchise groups based on legislation but they do.

I could see a small gun shop would not have the resources but cabelas?

Please enter me into the bone tool givaway.

Thanks and keep up the great work.

PS Jake with all due respect, I always pictured you looking like the Museum guy from pawn stars.

But you don\'t

PPS Reed Semper Fi

James in Houston: Hey guys!  Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your show.  It was a big help when I was building my AR-15 rifle, and as I'm new to the platform, I always enjoy the tips you offer in getting the most out of it.  One of the reasons I built an AR was for hunting hogs and varmints on my family's ranch. With many hunting seasons about to open across the country, I wanted to suggest that you do an episode on hunting with your modern sporting rifle.  I'm specifically looking for recommendations for ammo, lights for hunting, etc.  I heard Barnes makes a really good round and have bought some of their VorTX ammo, but I wanted to see what y'all thought as well as far as what to use.

Also please enter me in your Otis contest.

Joel: Hey guys, I was a little late listening to your podcast this week, so it\'s probably already been responded to, but I\'d like to pitch in my two cents on Austin from California\'s parts dilemma.  I checked the shipping info for Brownells and Rainier Arms, my two favorite places to buy AR-15 parts, and Brownells said they ship to the entire lower 48, and Rainier Arms ships to all 50 states.  He must also remember that items sites may not want to send to California would be threaded barrels, pistol grips, flash hiders, collapsible stocks, or any other part Feinstein finds evil. He\'ll have to be OK with building an AR with no muzzle device, a fixed stock, and a bullet button.

Another option, which may be best for him, would be to go to Calguns.net and look at their Private Firearms Parts and Accessories forum.

Lastly, Austin should be prepared to pay a premium for his parts.  We all know what AR prices have been like this past year, and that was just with a THREAT of new restrictions.  Those restrictions have been passed in California, so I don't see any residents getting rid of their parts for what we in the free world would consider a reasonable price.

Randy: I have lived in Kalifornia my whole life and as of late I have built several AR 15\'s in 5.56 and 7.62X39. In regards to one of the listener feedback\'s, Brownells has everything you could need. I have bought stuff from other suppliers but nobody ships as fast or are as courteous as Brownells\' customer service and guaranty can not be beat! looking to build a 300 blackout next, then wait for ammo to be available... thank you for having a great podcast and send me some free stuff!

Garritt: Great show!

I just uploaded two photos to the flickr group as my entry for the contest. I will rate the show in iTunes as well.

The pictures are of my wife and my mom enjoying my ATI AR-15. My wife and I have been shooting together since we were first married (almost 19 years ago), and my mom and dad have been out with us a few times. As the political climate has changed recently, my whole family has been shooting much more. My 7 year old daughter loves it! She really enjoys shooting our 10/22 and Ruger Mark II pistol, but she has shot the AR as well. She is just a bit small for it yet. I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter that can\'t wait to come out with us.

I love this gun! I have wanted an AR-15 since my time in the Air Force, 20 years ago. I finally bought this one the week before the Newtown incident. Very lucky timing. The gun shoots really well. It has a Troy Alpha Rail and a Barska Tactical 1.5-4 X 20 scope and GDT 45 degree rapid transition backup iron sights. As I am in California, it is also fitted with a RaddLock bullet button system. I have shot it between 25 and 400 yards and it is a tack driver!

Mike: Topic Suggestion: PiPods

My 2 Cents:

Harris Engineering S-BRM Hinged Base 6-9 Inch Bipod

Alpha-Bravo Bipod Lock for Harris S Models

TMS QD Quick Detach Cam Lock Bipod Adapter

Otis BONE Tool and O12 Carbon Remover Giveaway: We are only half way through!!

O12 removes stubborn carbon fouling with ease BONE tool is the quick clean tool which scrapes carbon and fouling from the bolt, bolt carrier, and firing pin of your AR15.

Winner: Jeremy

Other Links:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/blackrifle/ (AR-15 Build #1 Giveaway)

http://www.vamfire.com/

iTunes Review:

Outro:

ARP 039 - Light Them Up! Tactical Lighting Options For Your AR-15 Black Rifle

Reed and Jake shine some light on AR-15 tactical lighting options.

Welcome to episode 39 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Jake Challand with Co-host Reed Snyder. This is THEE podcast about youuurrrr favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building AR’s for years.  There’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

Training Tip of The Week:  Learn your Manual of Arms.  When we talk about training with the MSR platform we never mention the first and most important part of training.  Know Your Weapon.

Main Topic:  Light them up! Tactical lighting options for your AR-15 Black Rifle

Tactical Lighting Definition

Listener Feedback:

Manny - Dedicated AR15 Podcast listener: First off,I wanted to Thank You guys for a Terrific Podcast. Last +Sunday I finally build my first AR lower (actually build 2). DPMS LPK with an upgraded Spikes Battle Trigger for one, and a standard Palmetto LPK for the other. During function testing, I noticed that the trigger pin rotated slightly with the Palmetto kit. When I compared the two trigger pins/hammers, It seems the Spikes spins more freely then the Palmetto hammer. Is a rotating trigger pin something I should concern myself with? I know they sell anti-rotating pin kits, but felt I would ask the experts :)

Levi - I like the idea you gave the guy about buying parts kits and replacing the parts you don't want. Then when you have enough extra parts just build another. That's a great way to hide a build from the wife. Now if I could figure out a way to hide the ammo purchases to feed these beasts!!!

Myles: Hello, been awhile hasn't it, anyway I am writing to try to answer a viewers question about a better muzzle device. My experience with such things is limited but I can highly recommend the Smith enterprises vortex and Yankee hill machine phantom muzzle devices.

However my highest recommendation goes to the PWS triad, I had one of these things installed in a Microtech rifle and they are wonderful. They really cut down on blast and reduce recoil from an annoying little rabbit kick to a barely perceptible push. I wouldn't have thought it was possible to have a muzzle device do that many things.

Here is a demo video, I wish I could have found something a little less commercial but it does demonstrate the devices capabilities fairly well.

http://youtu.be/Obm0DOxS04I

Also if one is so inclined, and is willing to tolerate such a large weight hanging off their rifle I have some friends who have had good experiences with the Noveske KX3. It reduces blast near the shooter, but acts like the loudener from the Simpsons gun shop scene to anything down range.

However if something is down range you probably don\'t care much about it anyway.

Dr. D: This might be the solution for the comp/flash suppressor issue:

Griffin Armament's M4SD Flash Comp

http://griffinarmament.com/accessories/centerfire-muzzle/m4sd-flash-comp/

It's been getting stellar reviews.  Same functional results as the BattleComp, with a more robust design, only slightly heavier, and at almost 1/2 the cost.  Of course, the added benefit here, is that it is both a compensator to improve follow up shots and keeping your optic on target, as well as a flash-suppressor all in one.

I'm glad you all like my "AR-Nerf" pic...I'll try to get more up there soon.

Keep up the great podcast..it makes my commute fly by.

Brian A: First, thank you for doing this podcast; I love it.

Second, you all inspired me, so I bought a blemished lower from Palmetto State Armory, and am  embarking on my first build.

Third, I would like to be signed up for the Otis giveaway.  I have an Otis cleaning kit, and have nothing but praise for their products.

Richard Spackey: Hey guys, thanks for getting to my question about sighting with the Magpul MBUS sights.  I do not have the cheep air soft sights as you suspected.  Your first caller (from Canada, I think?) got me pointed in the right direction.  I did a search on You Tube and found a USMC training video from 1999 on the proper use of this style of sights.  I haven\'t been out to the range yet but I am looking forward to trying what they taught in the video.

Austin from California. I'm writing because my entire life I have lived in California which makes me one of many that can't get standard equipment for my guns, everything has to modified. Recently California was subjected to even more gun control so it was now or never to get an AR for me. A good friend of mine picked up a S&W mp15 sport for about $800.00 . As a struggling writer I figured that was too much for me but I better get it now before I couldn\'t. I went down to the same store that my buddy picked his up at and to my surprise they had them in stock! The problem is the price tag had jumped from $800.00 to $1750.00!! So I did some thinking and I figured that and I should be able to build an AR. After all this is the platform the government used during the draft so it has to be simple enough for all new GI\'s to use. So instead of buying an off the shelf AR I got the  wife and I each a stripped lower and for the passed month I have been spending all my free time researching how to build and parts I need. The wife says im a \"maximizer\" I cannot make a decision until I know its the best for me. During my research I came across the only AR 15 Podcast on itunes, I prayed that it was good and i\'m happy to report that its one of my favorite podcasts. I listen to about 8 hours a day of podcasts at work so I feel like I know whats good. 5 stars guys! its taken me 5 days to listen to 30 episodes already. This brings me to my real problem and why i\'m writing. After I figured out what exactly I wanted I started noticing that a lot of the parts websites don\'t ship to California and the ones that do I cant afford!! One thing that I love about the gun community is that they are a community and I know some people would love the chance to donate any spare parts they have. If you guys could put it in your listeners ears that I am in need I would gladly donate my services to the podacast and do ANYTHING you guys ask of me!  Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks in advance if you guys find a way to help me

Mark D: How about a show dedicated to down and dirty basic necessity’s and additions for black rifle ownership such as slings or optics. In addition how about a detailed description of your personal rifle builds. What parts were selected and why, what worked and what didn’t.

Otis BONE Tool and O12 Carbon Remover Giveaway O12 removes stubborn carbon fouling with ease BONE tool is the quick clean tool which scrapes carbon and fouling from the bolt, bolt carrier, and firing pin of your AR15.

AR-15 Giveaway (We are giving it away October 10th 2013)

http://www.flickr.com/groups/blackrifle/

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ARP 038 - Listener Hands-On Experience with 22LR Conversion Kits & BUIS

The AR-15 Podcast listeners share their knowledge and experiences with BUIS and 22LR Conversions

Welcome to episode 38 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Jake Challand with Co-host Reed Snyder. This is THEE podcast about youuurrrr favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building AR’s for years.  There’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

Training Tip of The Week:  Capture your training on video to see yourself in action from a third person perspective.

Main Topic:  Listener Hands-On Experience with 22LR Conversion Kits & BUIS

Bryan Bolivar Canadian Service Conditions Radio: Regarding your response to the listener regarding accuracy troubles with his BUIS:

I believe the listener stated that they limited experience with aperture sights which could be a factor in his struggles.

Given your experience and training with the Marines perhaps it may be beneficial to the listeners for you to cover how properly use military aperture sights. My thought is that you could cover:

1) how the eye naturally centres in the rear sight,

2) that the shooter should focus on the front sight rather than the target

3) and perhaps adopting a 6 o'clock hold for initial sight in and practice which aids in precision.

The listener may also want to consider letting a more experienced shooter try shooting with his BUIS to further test to see if they are the problem like you suggested (which I agree may well be the case)

Rudy: Hey guys, I just got done listening to episode 37 of your podcast. I wanted to comment on a question one of your listeners sent in about his new Magpul BUIS's. I've never personally used Magpul sights, but on the M-16 we were issued in the Army, there were also 2 different sized holes for the rear sight. The small and large holes are not for long a short range, but they are for daytime and nighttime shooting. The small hole is for daytime use and the large hole is for nighttime use (something about how your eyes works at night). Anyway, using the small hole should help with the accuracy problem.

Stan: Hey there, guys.  Long time listener of the Firearms Radio Network, and a big fan of this show.

I just finished listening to Episode 37 about the .22 LR, and I wanted to add some info to the listener question about the Magpul MBUS sights and not being able to sight them in.

While you did mention the possibility of counterfeit product, I also wanted to chime in with something else.  Like Reed, I wanted to hear more information from that listener as well.  In particular where did he buy the sights from?  During my build, I was excited to see that I could buy Magpul MBUS sights from Amazon for really cheap, like $30 a set, but a little more reading revealed that they make a line of MBUS sights specifically for airsoft.  These sights are the Magpul PTS line, and PTS is short for Professional Training and Simulation.  They're hard to identify as the packaging looks VERY similar to that of the real MBUS sights.  One poster on AR15.com did mention that the real MBUS sights are never boxed together.  Don't know if that's really true.  I found some other threads on AR15.com talking about these sights and how they won't hold a zero, and this is because they are not designed to handle the kind of shock and recoil that come with a rifle caliber.

Apparently, the difference can be told when you find that the ghost ring of the rear sight is not made of metal.

I hope this little tidbit of info can help your listener.  If he bought them dirt cheap from Amazon, he may have gotten one of these PTS sights.  They're genuine Magpul: just not made for real rifles.

Wes Carlile: Guys on the email that you got about problems sighting in there rifle. The first problem is that the guy is having is using the large open in the rear sight. That sight is used in the military when we are using a gas mask. And go online and use the military targets for sighting in your Iron sights. The target is for 25 yard target which will help you at 100 yards.

glen biddle: i own the M&P 15/22 and i love it.  lower parts are the same as a reg ar but that is it, no buffer tube or gas system.  as for the old conversion kits, these were for military use for alt qualification at 25 meters.  they were not looking for accuracy at long distance just doing a modified qual in a smaller or indoor range.  i have shot these many times as a catm instructor in the air force.  the army used them too.   you can find these kits at gun shows for about 125.00.   the chiappa ar complete gun and/or upper are decent but on the lower end.  the umarex colts are very good (i bought the uzi umarex and it is cool)  the mossberg 702 plinkster is low end junk but will suffice.   the old ap-74 or mitchell arms was the first really good copy of the ar in 22.   i love the m and p.  i also own the ati  hk mp5/22 and the ak/22.  all good fun.  i think someone has copied a scar in 22 as well.   the ati 1911 pistol in 22 is fun to shoot.   i have switched to mostly shooting 22 now with the ammo crunch.  i bought a boat load of it after the last election and the night of the newtown, ct shooting anticipating the panic buying.  the M&P handles just like an ar and i can hit steel 9x11 tgt  at 100 meters with it with no problem using magpul mbus and i also have a bushnell trophy red dot on it with the sights co witnessed on the dot.  I also have a R R A 9mm ar which is just a lot of fun to shoot.

Dixie Pattengale: I just put a .22LR in AR 15 platform in layaway. As soon as I get it out I will be sure to let you know what I think. I seen it yesterday and then listened to your podcast about the .22LR AR 15. I knew it was meant to be , so it's in layaway +today. Love the AR 15 podcast, keep up the good work.

Jake I just watched one of the live broadcast on youtube. You look a lot different than I had pictured in my mind. I guess that\'s not a bad thing , I had you pictured as a little old guy. Lol ! Keep up the good work. I listen to all the podcast on the firearms network. They are all top notch.

Ben Wagner: You mentioned on episode 37 that you're looking for a small-diameter forend. Have you  checked out Troy Industries\' Alpha Rail? I used one on my current build, which I started after listening to the AR15 podcast, and the Alpha rail is light weight and not bulky. You can add rail sections only where you want them. The Alpha rail is also compatible with standard barrel nuts.

http://troyind.com/rail-systemsaccessories/rails/ar15m16-rails

Matt Hoffman: Hey guys

 Just a few experiences with the .22 ar\'s I have had. These are just my first hand so your mileage may vary.

I used a buddies drop in cmmg bolt/mag. It functioned but accuracy past 20yds was horrible and the leading was bad also. After a 100 or so rounds gas port was nonexistent.It would work for learning manual of arms but I don\'t think overall its practical.

I ended up with the S&W15-22. It was cheaper and nearly identical to my ar. It was cheaper than the Colt and the mags/reloading was way closer to real than the Mossberg which has a odd mag.

The 15-22 functions great,fun as hell and as accurate as any standard rimfire rifle and accepts standard ar furniture. 1 note though, I was told by a Smith friend that not all dropin triggers for the ar will reset with the .22 ammo so you should check with the manufacturer.

 The only down side for me is its polymer.I would like to sling it tight for maybe an appleseed shoot or just practice but am afraid of distorting it. So I would like to buy a dedicated upper or a ccmg kit with their barrel and put it on a standard lower. Then use Blackdog mags. From our Steel matches they seem to be THE mag to run.

Sorry to ramble but just thought I\'d ad. Love the show, keep up the great work! Later,Matt

TJ Gauthier: I just wanted to add some feedback to the last episode of AR15 and get entered for that Bone tool giveaway. You guys mentioned the twist rate of the 5.56/.223 being different and not stabilizing the 22lr properly. Aguila make their Super Colibri 60gr ammo that should stabilize properly. I've never tried it, but I've heard good things. I think if someone were to go with a conversion, they could shoot the bulk stuff for familiarization and then shoot the 60gr ammo for better accuracy.

bill bonelli: I enjoyed your AR 22 show, but you missed the best deal out there. The AIR Omni M4 22, you get one thru Gallery of Guns for less than $400 inclusive. You get a Chiappa dedicated 22 upper that fits any lower and a polymer mil-spec lower that takes any upper. A gunsmith buddy turned me on to this. He has used full auto upper on the lower no problem. I used an Adam Arms mid upper and a Bushmaster upper and shot lots with it and put the upper on a Double star lower and again no problem. The upper is also easy to clean the .22 bolt comes out as a unit and cleans easily. Hope this helps your search.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/omni-16-22lr-polymer-m4-rifle-omni22.html

Randy: Let Tiger Mckee know I'm very sorry for messing up his name, I took to heart his article on the rat gun. I had built a 7.62X39 AR to replace my lever action 30-30 and couldn't figure out the best format for it. It is now kinda cammoed and has its own image. Everyone. At the the range +today joked about it but they all said they liked it. Ps, wait for the paint to dry before shooting, I couldn't wait. Everyone at the range is now trying to look up the article by Tiger McGee.

Dave Hendon: I have enjoyed your podcast on the EBR so much so that I’m thinking about building one myself.

Regarding the build, at what point does the economy of scale kick in?  By this, I mean, its great to purchase all the parts and do the assembly but at what point to you start buying kits (such as lower part kits) over individual parts?

Surely, it would be more cost effective to purchase a completed upper receiver with barrel than to part it out.

I’m not looking to build the lowest cost rifle that I can, as I would like to keep the quality up and yet maintain pride in the fact that I built the AR-15.

Keep up the great work you’re doing and maybe do a segment on Optics for the AR-15 in the $300 and less range (I mean good ones).

And now a suggestion, I have viewed all three of your assemble videos on YouTube.  The information that you present is excellent but some of your production work could be improved.

I don’t know what camera you are using but take it off of Auto focus.  This will stop the camera from “hunting”or going in and out of focus which distracts from what you are trying to show visually.

You have staged your shot with the AR-15 cleaning mat and with the lighting and it all looks good. Then when you want to emphasize a close up, you move the rifle part out of focus and up to the camera.

This can be solved by shooting a second close up shot that is well illuminated and in focus and then cutting or editing it in to the production while your narration continues.

Again, I don’t know what program you are using to edit the video with, maybe Windows Movie Maker, but using this technique should help out with these type of instructional videos.

In case your are wondering, I’ve been in the Broadcast and Audio/Visual industry for 30 years and the last 14 years at the NASA Johnson Space Center – White Sands Test Facility as their Videographer and Video Production Editor.

Brad: So Reed was right on the MBUS sites, though a few days late.  Up until about a month ago, the MBUS was ~$65 per. The price just came down because they have the new metals coming out. The only ones you could ever get for ~$50 for a set was the shitty PTS line for air soft Magpul makes. I paid $130 for my last set of MBUS in March. I also completely disagree on lower/upper price/quality.  Having owned a DPMS Oracle and a Spikes ST-15, there's no comparison in quality.  The fit, finish, and durability are worlds apart.  For the minimal price difference, I can't see why anyone wouldn't opt for something like BCM, Spikes, S&W versus the DPMS products of the world. That said, my .22lr conversion kit worked better in the DPMS, whereas constantly jammed in the Spikes.  Conversion kit accuracy sucked in both, even at 50 yards. Sold the conversion kit about a month ago.

Zach brown: Hey guys, I have the tactical solutions ar22 m4. It is a dedicated upper on a standard lower for me.  The upper is built on a mil spec regular ar upper. The forward assist is not functional though. The door is full size. The barrel and and chamber adapter are made just for .22 and the action is all stainless and moves with place of where the bcg is on a standard AR. It uses the excellent black dog machine 26rd magazines. The only added part I use is a taccom pressure plug that helps keeps the bolt in battery. It fits in front of your buffer in the buffer tube. Taccom also makes ar22 conversion barrels and actions I think. I have excellent accuracy with mine. I had a cmmg with an ar 1/7 twist barrel and it sucked. Having a barrel and chamber made for the round is much better. The tac solutions uses a standard barrel nut, front sight, hand guard and retainer. The also make great uppers for other weapons including glock and 1911\'s.

http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/receiver-action-parts/receivers/upper-receivers/ar-15-m16-ar-22-upper-receiver-assembly-prod32508.aspx

Mark: Hi guys,

I decided on the M&P AR 15-22 because it had functional controls in the proper places. The Mossberg had the safety on the mag well and the Colt had a nonfunctioning bolt release. I love this thing, it works great

Otis BONE Tool and O12 Carbon Remover Giveaway O12 removes stubborn carbon fouling with ease BONE tool is the quick clean tool which scrapes carbon and fouling from the bolt, bolt carrier, and firing pin of your AR15.

Winner: Denny B

Thanks for the fine program you are providing.  I have an AR15 built by The Black Rifle Company of Clakamas, OR with which I am very pleased. The muzzle is threaded and fitted with a compensator. I use this rifle primarily for hunting and find the muzzle blast to be excessive, compared to other rifles.  Question: Do you know of a device, other than a suppressor/silencer, to replace the compensator that will reduce the muzzle blast?  Thank you.

http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/barrel-parts/flash-hiders/a2-flash-suppressor-prod21246.aspx

AR-15 Giveaway

http://www.flickr.com/groups/blackrifle/

Outro: