ARP 097 - Frankenguns- The Halloween Edition


Welcome to Episode #097 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is 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.

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Main Topic:  Franken AR15s



Ugly AR’s

Swiss Army Rifles


John, from Halifax PA:  Reed, JW, and Anthony, I've been a listener since day 1, awesome show! I am currently in the market for a set of high end ear protection. I started comparison shopping electronic "ear pro" and I've discovered specs like: clipping, compression, attenuation, quad mics, amplification, communication cables, battery life, etc.  Its enough to confuse a knuckle dragger like myself! I'd love to hear from you guys an entire show about the topic of hearing protection, from foam plugs to the $4-600 communication headsets. Let's not forget how basic protecting our hearing is…

I'd love for you to do a quick survey of FRN personalities to find out what everyone uses, and what they think of it.

Again, great show, keep it up !

Gary H:  Just listened to ARP-094 on reloading and wanted to pass along a few comments: Case Prep - I have been tumbling my brass in stainless steel media for several years and have been truly impressed with the results.  While this is a good technique to pass along to your listeners, you should also have mentioned that it is not as quick as tumbling in a vibratory bowl.  Once cleaned, the brass must be thoroughly dried (especially the flash hole) prior to loading.  I use a homemade wooden box with a light bulb and a muffin fan to speed up the drying process.  Another downside to the stainless steel media cleaning is that it can clean so well that it can cause some issues.  I was having issues loading 9mm, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP on my Dillon 550B.  The brass would begin to stick to the flairing/powder die.  After consulting with Dillon, they immediately identified that I was cleaning with stainless steel media.  Dillon's folks explained that the remaining carbon on the inside of the case normally found when using a tumbler acts as a lubricant.  I placed the brass in a one gallon freezer bag and sprayed some Hornady One Shot into the bag, sealed it up and shook it around.  No more issues.  The problem seems to be related to pistol brass as it normally requires no lubrication (carbide die) to prevent die sticking. Case Trimming - while expensive, I use a Giraud trimmer for awesome results! I've tried a few others (although not the Dillon) including a Gracey, and find the Giraud to be the best.  I keep a couple of dummy rounds that have already been sized and trimmed to the proper depth for set up of the trimmer.  I also run the cleaned brass through a full length sizing die set deep enough to set the shoulder back a few thou prior to trimming.  I feel this is necessary as the tool will index off the shoulder, thus consistent shoulder set back and angle is critical.  Once the setup is complete for a given caliber (three minutes), you can process volumes of brass in a very short amount of time.  The Giraud tool will trim to length and chamfer the case neck.  If you are really anal retentive, run the brass through another round of cleaning in stainless media to remove any brass chips or burrs. Great show guys!  I presently have a DPMS LR-308 and a homebrew AR in 6.5 Grendel.  The Grendel shoots better than I can.

Mike C:  hey guys, great show! have you ever considered a violin or a mandolin case for discreet storage?, there are several how-to websites on taking a violin case, taking everything out of it and rebuild it for a custom fit. Also you should check out for buying a custom case to fit your exact rifle or sub-machinegun. my case for my m-4 was $150, but it fits both receivers in each half of the case with built-in Velcro straps. I am very happy with mine.

Brian:  Hi, men.  I found your show recently and, as someone new to the AR, have found it helpful in learning the format. Question - I am looking into purchasing my first AR 15.  I would like your thoughts on which way to go - I have seen both suggestions and I see the merits of both. Should I go "entry level" - save some money, learn how to shoot it, how it works, what I like/don't like, etc then upgrade later?  Or should I save the money now, go with something that I can keep & will last forever? Examples of what I am looking at - I came across the maker - Core15 - doing some research they appear fairly new to the scene and get fairly good reviews.  I can purchase their Core15 Scout Keymod for around $700.  I know this is entry level but would that be a good starter to learn on. The other option I had my eye on was a Daniel Defense M4V11.  So about twice as much as the Core15.  I know DD has a great reputation & will last. So what are your thoughts for a newbie?  Go entry/cheap & learn then upgrade or save the money for a higher quality rifle now?