ARP 075 - Building an AR-15 to Give Away

Welcome to Episode #075 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today are Anthony Hardy and J.W. Ramp.  This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.  

Brownells helps make this show possible.

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

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

Tip of the Week:

How do you conceptualize the rifle you want to build?

1. Declare its purpose or your vision.

2. Work out a parts list.

3. Use technology like the AR15 Builder.

4. Acquire the parts.

5. Reassess the build.

Main Topic:

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

The Lower:

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

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

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

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

100-009-585 - Magpul - MOE Rifle Stock

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

The Upper:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Accessories:

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

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

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

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

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

Listener Feedback:

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

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

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

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

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

Check out this video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/1S_aqUDb62Q

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

Outro:

ARP 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 071 - Joshua Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo.

Welcome to Episode #071 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my co-host J.W. Ramp and our special guest, Joshua Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. Brownells helps make this show possible.

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

Brownells Item of the Week: Blackhawk SOCOM Pistol Case

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

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

Tip of the Week:

Silencer’s are legal

Main Topic:

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

Listener Feedback:

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

But on to the meat of the matter.

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

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

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

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

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

Outro:

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

ARP 069 - Interview with Marty Daniel

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

Welcome to Episode #069 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my co-host J.W. Ramp. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

Brownells helps make this show possible.

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

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

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

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

Tip of the Week:

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

Main Topic:  Daniel Defense

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

Listener Feedback:

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

Interested in a discussion about:

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1. barrel length options

2. are there different length buffer tubes available

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

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

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

Thanks, Chris

CIPHOTO: Hi Reed and guest hosts,

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

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

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

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

Here are my questions:

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

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

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

ROB: Sounds to good to be good?

mgi marck hydra AR-15 review plz

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

Smith & Wesson lower receiver.

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

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

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

Outro: