AR-15 Podcast - Builders Series - Finishing the Build

Welcome to another episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode, by popular request, we continue our newest builders series. This week we focus on assembling the finishing out the build.

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Finishing the Build

  1. Function and Safety Checks

    1. Let the bolt go forward.

    2. Insert a mag and lock it into the mag well.

    3. Pull back smartly on the charging handle. The bolt should lock to the rear. If it does not, check the orientation of the magazine springs. Unlike most pistol magazines, the spring in most AR-15 mil-spec mags is attached to the follower and is difficult to orient backward. But, if it is humanly possible…

    4. Push the charging handle forward into the locked position.

    5. Push the magazine release button. The magazine should fall free under its own weight. If it does not, it could be due to either a bent magazine tube OR the magazine release catch has been screwed too far into the mag well. If you have the same problem with all of your mags, try backing off the catch arm one full turn and repeat the test.

    6. Slap the bolt release. The bolt should fly forward sharply and lock up into the rear of the barrel.

    7. Point the muzzle in a safe direction and put the safety on “Safe”. Pull the trigger, hard. Nothing should happen.

    8. Put the safety on “Fire”. Press the trigger. You should have a normal trigger press and hammer fall. Keep the trigger depressed.

    9. Rack the charging handle.

    10. Let the trigger go forward slowly until you hear and feel the very loud disconnector reset.

    11. Press the trigger again.

    12. Attempt to put the safety on “Safe”. With the hammer down on an AR-15 and variants, the safety cannot be put on safe.

 

  1. Accessorizing

    1. Aiming

      1. Iron Sights

      2. Optics

      3. Lasers

      4. Lights

      5. Cheek riser

      6. Offset rails/sights

    2. Slings

      1. Rail QD Connections

      2. Slings

      3. Endplates

    3. Manipulation

      1. Controls:

        1. BAD

        2. Ambi

        3. Push button safety

      2. Foregrip/handstop

      3. Bipod/Monopod

      4. Magazine pulls

 

 

  1. Hitting the range

    1. Zeroing the rifle

 

 

    1. Assessing accuracy

    2. Troubleshooting: Wing Tactical Link

      1. Failure to Feed / Chamber

        1. Magazine problems: Most common malfunction source stemming from improperly seated magazines, spring issues, & follower issues.

        2. Buffer spring problems: Spring problems or improper buffer weight issues.

        3. Defective rounds/ammunition borne malfunction: set back, stubbed rounds, bad primers, ammunition stuck.

      2. Brass Over Bolt (Bolt Override)

      3. Failure to Feed b/c Dirt, Debris, and Fouling: Short Stroke

      4. Failure to Fire: look to the firing pin

      5. Failure to Extract

        1. Short Recoil – see the section above on short stroke due to dirt, debris, and fouling.

        2. Fouled or Corroded Chamber – Inspect and clean, then determine if the chamber is damaged or safe to return to service. If it is damaged, the barrel will need to be replaced.

        3. Weak or Broken Extractor Spring – replace spring that is no longer serviceable.

      6. Failure to Eject - Most of the time this malfunction is caused by:

        1. Short stroking (we covered short recoil earlier); or

        2. Fouling or corrosion of the chamber which causes friction on extraction throwing off extraction and ejection functions.

OUTRO:

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·         And use the Amazon affiliate links on the Firearmsradio.tv and ar15podcast.com websites or goto firearmsradio.tv/amazon

 

AR-15 Podcast - Builders Series- Assembling the Upper Receiver

Welcome to another episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode, by popular request, we continue our newest builders series. This week we focus on assembling the Upper Receiver.

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Assembling the Upper Receiver

  • Considerations
    • Materials
      • Grades of Aluminum
      • Coatings
    • Construction
      • Forged
      • Billet
    • Form
      • A1
      • A2
      • A3 (flat top)
  • Preparing the upper
    • Inspecting
    • Cleaning
    • Honing
      • Brownells - AR-15/M16 Upper Receiver Lapping Tool
  • Installing the upper receiver components
    • Is there an order
    • Protecting the lower
    • Interesting solutions and shortcuts 
  • Installing the Barrel
    • Anti-seize 
    • Loctite
    • Torque Specifications
      • Minimum Torque: 35 ft/lbs
      • C = (D(A+B))/A (A=length of wrench from center of handle to center of drive; B=length from center of drive to center of extension; C=wrench setting; D=desired torque applied to fastener)
    • Alignment (indexing pin/and cutout)
    • Alignment of the barrel nut.
    •  Brownells - Barrel Nut Alignment Gauge
  • Gas Block/Gas Tube
    • Aligning the Gas Block
    • How to secure the Block
    • Drifting in the Roll Pins
  • Handguards
    • Barrel Nut
    • Material
    • Features
    • Accessory attachment points 
  • Bolt Carrier Group   
    • Proper Gas Key installation
    • Materials
    • Coating
    • Low mass/proprietary
  • Muzzle Device
    • Washer
    • Indexing
       

OUTRO:

·         Send us any questions or comments to AR15.Podcast@gmail.com

·         Subscribe and listen to the AR-15 Podcast for free in iTunes or on Stitcher and leave us a review so the show can place higher in the searches for potential listeners

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·         Follow us on Facebook facebook.com/ar15podcast

·         Check out the other great podcasts on the Firearms Radio Network

·         Don’t forget to use our Brownells Affiliate link for all your AR-15 parts

·         And use the Amazon affiliate links on the Firearmsradio.tv and ar15podcast.com websites or goto firearmsradio.tv/amazon

 

AR-15 Podcast - Builders Series- Assembling the Lower Receiver

Welcome to another episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode, by popular request, we continue our newest builders series. This week we focus on making sure you have all the parts you need and discuss some of the considerations when selecting them.

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Assembling the Lower Receiver

  1. Considerations

    1. Materials

    2. Aesthetics

    3. Construction

    4. Machining

  2. Preparing the lower

    1. Deburring

    2. Inspecting

    3. Cleaning

  3. Installing the lower parts kit

    1. Is there an order?

    2. Protecting the lower

    3. Interesting solutions and shortcuts

  4. Installing the stock and grip

    1. Fixed vs Adjustable

    2. Buffer extension

    3. Buffer

    4. Buffer Springs

 

OUTRO:

·         Send us any questions or comments to AR15.Podcast@gmail.com

·         Subscribe and listen to the AR-15 Podcast for free in iTunes or on Stitcher and leave us a review so the show can place higher in the searches for potential listeners

·         Share your pics with us on Instagram at @ar15podcast and tag your pictures with #ar15podcast

·         Follow us on Facebook facebook.com/ar15podcast

·         Check out the other great podcasts on the Firearms Radio Network

·         Don’t forget to use our Brownells Affiliate link for all your AR-15 parts

·         And use the Amazon affiliate links on the Firearmsradio.tv and ar15podcast.com websites or goto firearmsradio.tv/amazon

 

AR-15 Podcast - Builders Series- Parts Checklist

Welcome to another episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode, by popular request, we continue our newest builders series. This week we focus on assembling your lower receiver.

Show your support for the show by becoming a PATREON supporter. One hundred percent of your donations are invested in the show—never in our pockets. Help us bring you content and production value on the podcast about your favorite black rifle.

 

Preparing our Parts Checklist

Upper Receiver

Receiver

7075, 6061

Flat Top vs handle

Forward assist

Deflector

Matching

Upper receiver parts kit

Ejection port cover

Forward assist

Barrel

Gas Block/Front Sight Assembly

Twist

Lining/Coating

Length

Chamber

Gas Block

Adjustable/or not

Profile

Attach

Gas Tube

Barrel Nut

Handguard

2 piece

Free floating

Bolt Carrier Group

Coating

Weight

QC

Charging Handle

Muzzle Device

Lower Receiver

Receiver

LPK

Triggers

Trigger Guard

Safety Selector

Magazine Release

Bolt Catch

Takedown Pins

Custom items

Bolt catch pins

Anti walk pins

Receiver extension/Buffer tube

Buffer

Buffer Springs

Stock

Custom Items

Twang Buster

Receiver Wedge

Grips

Accessorizing

Sights

Optics

Sling

Paint/Coatings

Case/Bag

Magazines

Ammunition

 

OUTRO:

·         Send us any questions or comments to AR15.Podcast@gmail.com

·         Subscribe and listen to the AR-15 Podcast for free in iTunes or on Stitcher and leave us a review so the show can place higher in the searches for potential listeners

·         Share your pics with us on Instagram at @ar15podcast and tag your pictures with #ar15podcast

·         Follow us on Facebook facebook.com/ar15podcast

·         Check out the other great podcasts on the Firearms Radio Network

·         Don’t forget to use our Brownells Affiliate link for all your AR-15 parts

·         And use the Amazon affiliate links on the Firearmsradio.tv and ar15podcast.com websites or goto firearmsradio.tv/amazon

 

AR-15 Podcast - Builders Series- Where to Begin

Welcome to another episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode, by popular request, we begin our newest builders series.

Show your support for the show by becoming a PATREON supporter. One hundred percent of your donations are invested in the show—never in our pockets. Help us bring you content and production value on the podcast about your favorite black rifle.

What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. JD

Where To Begin

  1. What are you building and why

    1. Why it matters

    2. Intended use

    3. Deal breakers

    4. Budget

  2. Gathering parts

    1. Where to buy

    2. Dealing with an FFL

    3. Brick and Mortar vs. Internet

  3. Tools for the build

    1. Armorers wrench

    2. Receiver block/Reaction rod

    3. Torque wrench

    4. Roll pin punches

    5. Roll pin starter

    6. Brass hammer

    7. Vice

  4. Supplies for the build

    1. Tape

    2. Loctite

    3. Grease

    4. Anti-Seize

    5. Brake cleaner

  5. Custom Tools

    1. Front Sight Bench Block

    2. Carrier Key Staking Tool

    3. Bolt Ejector Tool

    4. Gas Tube Wrench

    5. Pivot Pin Detent Installation Tool

    6. Handguard Alignment Tool

    7. Gas Block Dimple Jig

  6. Considerations before building

    1. Clean work space

    2. Protecting the lower

    3. Preparation and patience

    4. Talk with people who know

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 221 - Today's Trends - Past, Present & Future Builds

Welcome to Episode #221 of the AR15 Podcast.  Tonight we talk about Today's Trends and the evolution of our builds.

Pre Order!!!! The Shirts!

https://patriotpatch.co/collections/ar15-podcast

What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. J.D.

  3. Graham  

What have you built for me lately…?

J.D.

  • 5.56 SBR Aero Upper and Lower

  • LWRC Ultra Compact Stock Kit

  • Faxon 10.5 Pencil Barrel - Group Buy on AR15.com Canceled

  • SA Adjustable Gas Block  

  • F-1 Firearms C7K Contoured Handguard

  • SX3 BCG

  • Wisconsin Trigger Company

.308

  • Aero Builders Set

  • 18", MEDIUM TAPERED, .308 WIN, RIFLE-LENGTH, 416-R STAINLESS QPQ - Faxon

  • Magpul PRS

  • Glass is up in the air

  • Aero Nickel Boron Bolt Carrier Group, Complete

6.5. Creedmoor

  • Aero Builders Set

  • Luth-AR MBA-1 adjustable stock

  • Aero - Bolt Carrier Group, Complete - Black Nitride

  • Aero Enhanced LPK

Future….. Brownells M16a1 Clone… NFA Side Charging 9mm or .308  

Reed

6.5 Grendel -

  • Aero Builder’s Set

  • Brownells Barrel/Bolt

  • Troy BUIS

  • Syrac Ordnance Low Pro Gas Block

  • Magpul Furniture

  • Trifecta Suppressor Mount

  • Geisselle Trigger (

  • Strike Industries Accessories

  • Magpul Rail Accessories

.357 Sig SBR -

  • Quarter Circle 10

  • YHM MR7 Handguard

  • Crimson Trace LinQ

  • Magpul BUIS

  • Magpul Stock/Grip

6.5 Creedmoor -

  • SWFA SS

  • 20 MOA Rail

  • American Defense Mount

Future…. .243 AR

Graham

Incomplete SBR

F1 firearms set

Seekins Precision 9” handgaurd

Seekins safety, mag release

LWRC ultra compact stock

LWRC charging handle (ambi)

SX3 BCG chrome lined and treflon coated

CMC Lantac 3.5lb trigger

Feedback:

Ben S: Hey guys! I love the show, but you are fueling my addiction. I am starting an aero build inspired by your advice. My question is how far can I veer from aero parts. Is it ok to use a BCM bolt or an FN barrel? I'm sure you guys covered this at some point so I hope I'm not asking a repetitive question. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Keep up the fantastic work!!!!!

Dustin B: I just finished hiking the Appalachian Trail (2189.8 miles) and learned so much from you guys along the way. I finished the trail 2 weeks ago and have already built my first AR. I'd love to send you guys a pic, but I'm not sure how. Show some love to the Corps.....Reed. Semper-Fi. Gunny

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 209 - First Time AR-15 Build

Welcome to Episode #209 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode JD, Reed, Anthony and Michael talk about what they’d do with a first time build now that they have a little experience.

Support the show at firearmsradio.tv

RTT - Giveaway - SBR - Anthony not included in the giveaway -  Jim R

Clear the Air:

1. Reed:  Buying lights for the gun safe.

2. JD: Concealment Solutions - Merica

3. Anthony: Too much traveling

4. Michael: Getting some range

Our thanks to JWB Military & Brass for sponsoring tonight's main topic.  Go to JWBmilitary.com and use promo code ARP10 for 10% off of quality once fired military reloading brass, AR-500 steel targets, and much much more.

Main Topic:

Michael

Anthony

Aero Lower- Brownells $59.99

Aero Assembled Upper Receiver- Brownells $99.99

PSA Lower Build Kit- PSA $89.99

PSA BCG- PSA $99.99

Brownells 16” Midlength Barrel- Brownells $84.99

Brownells Gas Block- Brownells $19.99

Brownells Mid Length Gas Tube- Brownells $9.99

Brownells A2 Flash Hider- Brownells $5.99

Brownells Charging Handles- Brownells $19.99

Aimsports 10" M-Lok Handguard- Primary Arms $76.00

Magpul MBUS Sight Set- Brownells $93

Total- $659.91

JD

AERO PRECISION STRIPPED LOWER RECEIVER GEN 2- BLEM W/ AERO LPK - $80

AERO PRECISION AR15 STRIPPED UPPER W/UPPER PARTS KIT - $55

BROWNELLS - B-TAC AR-15 5.56 BARRELS $84.99

Aero Precision AR15 Enhanced Free Float Handguard Rail - GEN 2 - Black + BAR Barrel Nut $129.90

BATTLE ARMS DEVELOPMENT INC. - M16 BOLT CARRIER GROUP $135

BROWNELLS - AR-15 GAS BLOCK NITRIDE $19.99

BROWNELLS - AR-15 GAS TUBES BLACK NITRIDE $8.99

MISSION FIRST TACTICAL, LLC - AR-15 BATTLELINK MINIMALIST STOCK COLLAPSIBLE MIL-SPEC $49.99

BROWNELLS - AR-15/M16 MIL-SPEC BUFFER TUBE ASSEMBLY $39.99

BUSHNELL OUTDOOR PRODUCTS - TROPHY 1X25 TRS-25 3 MOA RED DOT-CR2032 BATTERY $88.99

BROWNELLS - AR-15 A2 FLASH HIDER 22 CALIBER 5.99

Reed:

PSA Build Kit 399.99

Noreen Lower Receiver 42.99

A.R.M.S. Inc. folding polymer set 84.99

ASAP Sling Adapter 22.59

Magpul MS3 Sling 47.45

Magpul M2 P-Mag 3 x 9.49 28.47

American Eagle 90 rnds; 5.56mm; 62 gr 43.99

Range Fee 10.00

Lunch 15.00

Gas 4.53

Total 700.00

Outro:

ARP 125 – Building an AR-15 from Scratch – Part 3

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Welcome to Episode #125 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me tonight 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.

Brownells Edge Program

FREE Standard Shipping On ALL Orders

Discounts On 2-Day & Overnight Shipping

FREE Return Shipping

Special Members-Only Offers & Discounts

Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/partsMain Topic:  Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 3

The Upper Receiver

  1. Receiver
    1. Variations
    2. Features
    3. Quality
    4. Cost
  1. Barrels
    1. Length
    2. Twist
    3. Profile
    4. Gas System
    5. Crown
  1. Gas Block/Sight Base
    1. Profile
    2. Adjustments
    3. Pistons
    4. Utility
  1. BCG
    1. Carrier
    2. Bolt
    3. Materials
    4. Coating
  1. Charging Handle
  1. Handguards
    1. Length
    2. Diameter
    3. Connection Point
    4. Accessory Attachment Points
  1. Muzzle Device
    1. Brake
    2. Flash Hider
    3. Compensator
    4. Silencer Attachment

Otis Technology:

April 13: Mike Mourer

April 20: Eric Strong

April 27: Michael Blace

May 4:  Koal McMillan

May 11: Len Dichtel

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:

Hugh P:  You guys should check it out the AXTS Talon safety selectors (same company that makes the Raptor charging handle). They are 45 degree and (unlike the Battle Arms ones) will work on any lower receiver. They also have the ability to be converted to standard 90 degree selectors in a few minutes (see the video on their website). I used to have the BAD sectors but have since switched over to the AXTS ones on all my AR's. Also, can you guys do a podcast on linear compensators and the current crop of muzzle device covers that mitigate side blast that accompanies compensators (FerFrans CRD, Kineti-Tech, Lantac BMD, Surefire Blast Diffuser/Warden, Griffin Armament Blast Shield, etc.)? Would be great to hear the pros and cons as well as how the covers change the effectiveness of the muzzle devices under them. Keep up the great work.

Bob L:  Reed, another common and inexpensive method is to  use a clevis pin to prevent launching the spring.

Clevis Pins

Dan V:  Thanks for the shoutout on your show this week...I was the guy that recommended adding the search function to your site to help other listeners find episodes, etc.  Wow...should something that helpful be recognized???  Gee you guys just mentioned ar cleaning kits piled to the sky at the secret headquarters.  Feel free to send one along to me to make more space for your quality programming…

@lendichtel:

@enzorifleworks:

@dylan.h.cave: Upgrade! Upgrade! Upgrade!  On the best day of the week too.  now it’s time for some range time.  Thanks for the excellent article on muzzle devices @guntruth.

@bigbiller: For some reason, I left laughing out loud by myself.  Connecting w/148 and 248 yd steel targets through iron sights w/rusty Tula .223 through the M&P consistently w/ease was apparently humorous.  Guess you had to be there . . . .

Outro:

ARP 124 - Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 2

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Welcome to Episode #124 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and tonight I’m flying solo.  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.

Brownells Edge Program

FREE Standard Shipping On ALL Orders

Discounts On 2-Day & Overnight Shipping

FREE Return Shipping

Special Members-Only Offers & Discounts

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

Main Topic: Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 2

The Lower Receiver Assembly

  • The Receiver
  • Not much to be done to begin
  • The Lower Receiver Parts
  • start with the mag release
  • bolt catch is next in the install
  • protect your receiver when installing roll pins
  • Pivot pin is my next priority
  • I install my trigger before the safety selector
  • install the grip to retain the safety selector
  • the Takedown pin is held in place by a spring and detent, I usually install the Takedown pin last unless the spring is captured by the grip (which depends on which receiver you get)
  • install the hammer next followed by
  • Receiver Extension Tube
  • advance the castle nut up the tube as far as it will go
  • work the endplate as close to the castle nut as it will go
  • remove the Takedown pin detent spring
  • thread the tube into the receiver until just before the lip catches the buffer retainer
  • depress the buffer retainer and advance the tube enough to reveal the milled detent hole in the receiver
  • install the Takedown pin detent spring
  • rotate the tube back in line with the receiver
  • work the endplate as close to the receiver as possible without kinking the Takedown pin detent spring
  • tighten the castle nut to its final position
  • Buffer and Buffer Spring
  • work the spring and buffer into the receiver extension tube

Otis Technology:

March 30: Michael Sheldon

April 6: Nathan Sanders

April 13: Mike Mourer

April 20: Eric Strong

April 27: Michael Blace

May 3:  Koal McMillan

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:

Mike:  Guys - Great show as usual. Thanks for revisiting the AR build. Really enjoyed this episode.  Really been thinking about a 264 LBC build, but not sure when it may happen. Any coverage of muzzle breaks and or suppressors would interest me for show topics. I know it's revisit for muzzle breaks.

jscanter:  I really think that you are going to like your Daniel Defense butt stock. I bought one for my build and think it's great.

Joe C:   Hey guys, always a great show. I have semi-finished my build up to the optics and can read all about them, but until I can see them in a store they'll have to wait. You always ask for a list of the build so here goes.

Mega Arms Maten billet upper/lower set w/ mkm extended rifle length (15") hand rail; Daniel defense buttstock; JP silent captured spring; AXTS raptor charging handle; Lord Arms BCG w/ CX6 finish; Geiselle SSA-E trigger; Magpul MOE+ grip; Noveske end plate w/QD attachment

BAD-CASS safety; Rainier Arms extended mag release; Diamond Head front and rear sights; Rainier Arms 18" barrel; Battle Comp BABC compensator; Odin Works handstop; and a Savvy Sniper Cobra QUAD X Sling

Tried very hard to make sure everything I bought was made in the USA. Thanks a lot guys, I'll send you some Instagram pics and let you know how it works.

Outro:

ARP 123 - Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 1

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Welcome to Episode #123 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me tonight are my co-hosts, Anthony Hardy and J.W. Ramp. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

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.

Brownells Edge Program

FREE Standard Shipping On ALL Orders

Discounts On 2-Day & Overnight Shipping

FREE Return Shipping

Special Members-Only Offers & Discounts

Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/partsMain Topic: Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 1

The Lower Receiver

  1. The Receiver
    1. Quality
    2. Features
    3. Special Considerations
  1. The Lower Parts Kit
    1. With or Without
    2. Quality
    3. Special Considerations
    4. Addons
  1. The Fire Control Group
    1. Quality
    2. Features
    3. Special Considerations
  1. Receiver Extension Tube
    1. Size Considerations
    2. Additional Components
    3. Features
    4. Quality
  1. Buffer and Buffer Spring
    1. Buffer Weight
    2. Spring Tension/Stiffness
    3. Tuning your Rifle
  1. Stock and Grip
    1. Quality
    2. Features
    3. Special Considerations

Otis Technology:

March 30:  Michael Sheldon

April 6: Nathan Sanders

April 13: Mike Mourer

April 20: Eric Strong

April 27: Michael Blace

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:

Kyle:  I tried to zero out the AR this weekend. Apparently it shoots to the left as I had to adjust the rear sight to the right. Is this common? Should I try to adjust the front sight post or is it not worth the hassle? Currently using an f marked front  sight and A2 style rear detachable carry handle. I would appreciate any information you have available.

Shawn, St. Louis:  Hey guys, love listening to the ar15 podcast during my free time.  For me the best part of your show is having real industry speakers on your show vs guys that just like to shoot. It really helps me narrow down the best products for the ar15. You do an excellent job of asking a good informative questions when interviewing.  Keep up the good work.

DW Taylor:  A few weeks back I had asked about the 6.5 Grendel. Since then, I have discovered your search engine. Using that I found the old podcasts that went into detail on the 6.5 caliber. Thanks for being proactive and having those in the library for me to review. I am slowly working my way through the backlog of older podcasts. I would prefer to do this on Stitcher, but they don’t go back too far. I use my PC for the earlier ones.

My first AR15 is the S&W MP15 Sport. I let some friends give it a try as I was working on my handgun skills. They burned through 9, 30 round magazines in about 20 minutes. How hot will a barrel get after this much rapid fire? What will this do the barrel? Can the barrel handle this rate of fire, or will it wear, loose strength, accuracy, etc. It isn’t a match-grade barrel, so I am not as concerned with sub-MOA groupings, but just an overall understanding of what a black rifle can be expected to take.  After all, we own them so we can shoot them, right?

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@dylan.h.cave: Wishing my range wasn’t closed on Mondays.

@dylan.h.cave: One fierce hatchet.

@msr300blk: My 6.8 SPC build, waiting on the Silencerco Trifecta muzzle break to button up my Odin Works handguard.  Running an ALG Combat Trigger, 16” Wilson Combat 1:11 twist SS barrel.  Waiting my pre-ordered 1-6 Vortex Strike Eagle to be shipped but in the mean time will go with some Magpul Mbus I have laying around.

@lambo415: Very happy with my Vortex Optics StrikeFire2 and magnifier.

@jtkustomizer: 25yd semi indoor shooting range @eagledefense.net  Pretty awesome place just wish it was closer to the house than it was.

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ARP 113 - An in Depth Look at 80% Lowers with 80% Arms, Inc

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Welcome to Episode #113 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.

Brownells Edge Program

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

Main Topic: 80% Lowers with 80% Arms, Inc.

http://www.80percentarms.com/

  1. Definitions
  1. Tools and Equipment
    1. Router/Drill Press?
    2. Bits?
    3. Which router to use? Answer
  1. Machining Your Lower
  1. Finishout
  1. General Thoughts

Video from NSZ85 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgHJv7Xjik8

The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

Congrats to Hunter, our second giveaway winner!

Hunter’s rifle is in the hands of the FFL and on its way.

Feedback:

Thomas G:  Thomas wrote in to encourage you to contact your legislators and let them know what you think about the ATF’s possible ban.

Gunrunr82:  Man, so awesome to hear this episode with FN. I'm a huge FN fan myself. Started with the purchase of my FNX9 and my latest purchase was the SCAR 17. Anything with their name on it is of interest to me. Could listen to this episode a dozen times.

Hunter C:  Thanks for the heads up Mr. Snyder. I'll be like a kid on Christmas eve till I fill out the paperwork and get it home! I look forward to seeing what it can do on the range. I'll make sure to send you an update after I test it out. Thanks again for the opportunity to win this gun, and please let Brownells know how thankful I am for their generosity in sponsoring this giveaway.

Tom J:  Hey Reed, Any word on when the AR15 podcast is going to do a show on the 80% lowers. Once again great show and keep up the good work.

Thomas G:  Hi Reed, JW & Anthony, Thanks for your feedback on my question about sight for my SBR. I understand that sight radius is not that great on SBR I am not looking for a long range rifle, I have better AR's configured for that.  As I had no experience shooting an SBR I am thankful to get your feedback.  I was thinking the XS big dot sight for point shooting out to 100m, thanks for sharing the info on the review before I spent the $130 for them.   When I built the SBR I had envisioned it would be for home defense, using it some fighting rifle training and shooting out to a max of 150m. Eventually doing some suppressed hog hunting.  Having said that what is your opinion on size of red dot should I utilize for close target acquisition and out to 150m, the 2 MOA or 4 MOA?

The only real experience I have with a red dot is the 4 MOA Vortex Strikefire just shooting paper from 25m to 100m and occasionally shooting 8 inch steel at 100m 200m and 300m from a sitting and standing position.

On another note I heard some snickering when you read my inquiry into talking about other chamber offerings.  I thought it might be interesting to hear from a guest that might have experience in those calibers.  I first started reading about 300 BLK and got caught up in the hype. So I built the first of my many AR's in 300 BLK in 2013.  (I now think I would have been better off staying in 223/5.56 but going with a 77gr since I don't shoot suppressed yet)  Before I spend money building the next fad I would like to see what others think of their AR's in other not so common calibers and what they are using them for.

I attached the photo again of the SBR with 10.5" barrel.  Next pic will have a Aimpoint but waiting on your discussion on 2 MOA vs 4 MOA.

Kevin C:  I have learned a lot about AR's listening to this podcast, but I dread playing it each week. Many of the podcasts I enjoy are about 45 minutes, like Michael Bane and The Gun Dudes. Maybe it takes more work to tighten it up, but the result is better. Another peeve is the audio stretch marks. Not sure if that is a Skype artifact or Reed's method of talking.

On the other hand, I really enjoyed and learned from the Marines talking optics and the Keymod episode. I just finished my second build in 6.8 SPC and have parts for more.  I meant this as constructive criticism, thanks for what you do and keep podcasting and improving.

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