AR-15 Podcast - 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to another edition of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode JD and I will be talking about what you should buy for the shooter in your life.   


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  1. Wheeler Front Sight Tool $6.59

  2. Wilson Case Length Headspace Gauge $26.99

  3. Gunformz AR-15 PELICAN CASE FOAM INSERTS $50 to $70



  6. Maxim Defense CQB Stock $427.50


  8. B.E. Meyers MAWL-C1+ IR / Visible Laser $2,600


  10. HK416 Kit, Receiver, Bolt, Barrel and Barrel Wrench $4,379.95


  1. MP5 Drum Mag  $200

  2. VP9sk $650

  3. Ammo

  4. 308 18 inch barrel $270

  5. Comp M5 1K

  6. Battle Axe $400

  7. Beard care products Santa

  8. LPKs $40

  9. NFA side folder C-5 $299

  10. Benelli M4 2K


AR-15 Podcast 193 - AR Gift Guide

Welcome to Episode #193 of the AR15 Podcast.  This week we talk about what gifts we'd like to see under the Christmas tree.

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Main Topic:  AR Gift Guide







Chase J: I guess this is old news, but have you heard of RF85? Apparently Anderson rifles has a coating/metal treatment/voodoo enchantment that allows their rifle to function WITHOUT LUBRICATION. You clean the rifle with soap and water?!?!?!?
There's a video where they shoot 300 rounds through it, clean with dishwater, then shoot 4700 more rounds through it, clean it 'Anderson style' by tossing it in a creek, shake it off, and dump a 30 round mag. 5030 rounds.  Straight up Kentucky madness.
I've been listening to your podcast for about a year, just re listened to your 6 part build from scratch series. I understand everything now that I've familiarized myself with a Colt 6920, putting 150 rounds down range once or twice a month, cleaning after every other trip to the range just to familiarize myself with the parts. Came across this rf85 video while scouring the web for things ar related, the bug has me pretty bad, and my gf loves shooting the rifle as much as I do. However, I may reconsider building myself a new rifle, and pick up an OEM Anderson rifle I can customize.

But anyway, what are your thoughts on RF85, and if it's all that they say it is, why hasn't this revolutionized the industry? Who needs chrome nickel Teflon boron anything when there's rf85?

Who am I kidding, I'll still build one. I'm itchin. I'm kinda waiting for Faxon to produce 6.5 Grendel barrels and bolts. Every time I hear (nick?nate?) talk about their engineering I feel like Jesse Pinkman (YEAH!!! Science Bitch!!!)
Reed, you have the same effect. You're the Walter White to my black rifle disease. I know JD knows what I'm talkin’ about.

Thanks for the show. I'll keep listening and using affiliate links. Chiau

Sean: In California... would it work for people to acquire a 458 socom AR... that way they can keep all their 30 round magazines? (i think it'll hold what... 9 or 10? ) of course you'd have to have some decoy 10 orders... (not sure since they can't be "detachable"... just a thought... always thinking…

Brandon: Listening to Josh Waldron on some of the pre-election discussions, I was kind of shocked to hear some details about the age of the NRA lobby in Washington, and I felt like he appropriately nailed exactly what I've felt about the NRA for years. I've long felt the NRA is far too focused on a glory days image of a father and son hunting deer, and more or less ignores the modern younger shooter and their needs and wants. I received a renewal request in the mail with a questionnaire that was tailor made to fire up my aging relatives with phrases such as "those washington politicians", but it did little to move my needle as a Gen Y/Millennial modern sportsman.

I would be interested to hear a guest from the NRA on your show, ideally to discuss their stances and progress on more modern issues like NFA restrictions, and the protection of AR's and other semi auto rifle platforms for any use (not just hunting).

Craig: Are those 83 lowers you have 80% completed or are they 100% finished requiring a 4473 form filled out? If they're all 100% finished lower"s; has the ATF questioned why you have so many lowers? Personally, I would not want the ATF's attention.



ARP 104 - Guess Who Wants a Black Rifle, Santa Style


Welcome to Episode #104 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today are my 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.

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

Product of the Week:

Tactical Stocking

Main Topic:

Georgia Gun Club Offers Weapon-Wielding Photo Ops with Santa

JollyElf482:  Reed, Anthony, and J.W., I listen to your show all the time.  We don’t get good radio reception here at the Pole, so podcasts have become the only reliable way to get some entertainment here in the off season.  I want to get your help on a build I want to complete before December.  I end up travelling a lot for work during my busy season and find myself in parts of the world from time to time that give me reason to be concerned about my safety.  I tend to travel with a lot of packages that could be considered quite valuable to some.  Please give me some pointers on what I should include my in build that will help me protect my Sleigh (and its contents) and my Reindeer team.  Have a great labor day weekend.  Best to you all, Ho, Ho, Ho.

Santa’s Build

  1. Battle Arms Development Receiver Set
  2. Spikes Tactical LPK
  3. ALG ACT Trigger
  4. Law Tactical Folding Stock Adapter
  5. Ergo Grip
  7. KNS Anti Roll Pins
  8. A.D. Pivot and Takedown Pin Set
  9. Magpul BAD Lever
  10. A.D. Ambi Safety Selector
  11. Lantac E-BCG
  12. FLAME Fluted AR-15 5.56 NATO Stainless 16'' Mid
  13. LaRue Tactical Low-profile Gas Block LT202
  14. Samson Keymod Evolution Series 11
  15. LANTAC Dragon Muzzle Brake DGN556B
  16. Custom Christmas Tree Eotech Reticle
  17. White Cerakote
  18. Red Anodized Parts

The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

John Wind

Erich LGun Log App Winners:

John S

Tiffany V

Justin T

J.D. S

Etiene A

Doug S

Stephen B

Philip I

Scott J


BrianM:  You guys make me feel famous when you read my comments on air!  Thanks a lot for the advice on the a2 front sight post.  The main reason I'm thinking an fixed sight would be better is that I plan on using my .556 rifle for plinking and then putting a 300 blk upper on for hunting with a scope.  No need for a scope if Reed can shoot to 500 yards without right?  Does someone make a fixed rear iron sight?  I'd like to keep it simple (and cheap) as possible for my range gun while slowing building a high quality rifle.

Anthony has been a real inspiration as well.  I started listening right when he started on the podcast and I feel like I am keeping pace as far as acquisition of knowledge goes.

Keep up the good work!

Rob S:  Love the show and look forward to it every week. I am new to the wonderful world of stamp collecting.  Before i got involved in this great hobby i did a lot of research and now that i am involved take every opportunity to share the benefits with others. Last week i had a discussion with a potential enthusiast.  The conversation was good until it got towards the end.  He expressed a concern that once you start the process you get your name on a 'list' and become subject to surprise inspections of your collection at any time. I stated that i had never heard of this happening and was not concerned. Have you ever heard of this happening? Thanks for all of your hard work.

Mark L:  Hey reed! I live in Las Vegas and am planning to go to shot show if I can figure out a way to finagle a pass and we definitely be interested in a meet and greet. Just wanted to pass that along! Also if you happen to know anyone with an extra pass I wouldn't mind taking it off your hands for ya! ;)

josh:  Hello guys,  I am a long time listener and first time Emailer. I listen on the zune and occasionally watch the podcast. I have attempted finding the time to leave feedback multiple times but working two full jobs and recently buying a business has kept my free time to a bare minimum. I have listened to most all of the episodes either while driving or riding my motorcycle.  I try to scribble down questions while listening but tend to lose them between working and life in general. I have finally had some free time to write this during a flight while on vacation. So here go my questions. Reed to you write up trusts for stamp collecting or could you give me your personal opinion on the trust  from Is there any difference in sound suppression between muzzle brakes or flash hiders in the can? I will  try to find my other scribbled notes but that's all I have for now.  Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing what you have to say in the future. If you are ever driving thru kansas and would like to stop and shoot at my private range you are more than welcome to give me a shout. Thanks and happy holidays

Gene C:  Hi Guys!  I am pleased to report that I have purchased my first AR15 - a Rock River Arms LAR-15 Operator2 Series rifle. I want to learn as much about the platform as I can so I am reading everything I can find and relistening to all your podcast episodes. Do you have any books (preferably e-books) that you can recommend to a total newbie like me? Also, what kind of training classes do you recommend? Keep up the great work! Thank you so much for all you do! Take care, Gene


ARP 102 - Naughty or Nice? - The Gift Episode


Welcome to Episode #102 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today are my 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. Anthony is attending an Appleseed training event, December 6-7 in Pensacola, FL.

Brownells helps make this show possible.

Don’t forget that Brownells, with their 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee, is there for you anytime you have a problem, like when you can’t remove the taper pins from your new barrel to slip off the front sight base and you now have to find a new barrel.

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

Product of the Week:

Vortex Sparc II

Main Topic: Gift Giving

Reed’s Top Ten:

Magpul Magazines

Faxon Firearms Gun Magazine Marker Bands

American Eagle 5.56MM 62 Grain FMJ 150 Rnd Loose Pack

BCM AR-15 Carry handle

Vltor Heavy Buffer

Superior Shooting Flat Buffer Spring


LANTEC Dragon Muzzle Brake

Vortex Sparc II

Magpul MS4 Sling

BCM Grip

J.W’s Top Ten:

B.A.D. Ambi Safety

FrogLube (just to fight with Anthony and his FireClean)

Camo Stencils / Spray Paint

Jug o’ Powder / Pile o’ Brass

Steel Targets (+1 to Anthony for the good idea)

NFA Tax Stamp Money ($200.00)

Aimpoint T-2

Larue Scope Mounts

TNVC Sentinels

H&K Transferrable Auto Sear

Anthony’s Top Ten:

Ear Pro from Precision Ear

Go Pro HERO 4

Go Pro Picatinny Mount

Kryptek Helmet Logo Typhon Camo Cap

AR-15 Mag Wraps

Do-All Outdoors 9mm-30.06 Dueling Tree Steel Target

Engraved Ejection Port

Ranger Floor Plates (Magpul/USGI)


Cerakoating Service

The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

Jennifer Gehman


McKCHome: Hey guys, great show. I just got into the AR 15 about 6 months ago. My first purchase was an MP 15 T. It is fantastic. Sometime soon, I would like to build my own. So I have a question: Let's assume my budget allows me to buy quality, middle of the road parts, nothing over the top but also nothing cheap. But let's also say I want to go all out and spend lots of money on only one part of the rifle (e.g., barrel, trigger, upper). What part, in your opinions, should I choose to buy? This gun will be used for home defense and some plinking.   Thanks!

Tim L: Hey Guys, I just took my new build to the range.  It has a PSA LPK and a Geissele B-GRF trigger that I picked up last week.  Everything shoots great except that my BCG does not lock to the rear after the last round in a mag.  Any thoughts on how to fix this? Should I try a Full Auto BCG? The bolt release looks the same as my other AR-15. I am at a loss...

Thank You, from CommieFornia,

Brian M: I have to keep reminding myself to stop by the site and leave some feedback.  I've been listening to the show for a little over a year now and am slowly building my ar15.  The lower is complete and just waiting to decide on the upper.  I have been really looking at the magpul sl handguard and I think you've pushed me over the edge to get it.  Just a quick question; what kind of barrel do I search for that has the front sight post?  I was thinking of getting one instead of having to use a front flip up.  Is there a specific name for it?

Thanks again for the great podcast.  I keep wondering to myself what else I would like to hear about and draw a blank, but somehow you always put together an interesting episode and I really appreciate it.

Tom J:  Hey guys, Note I'm a legal gun owner and have a valid concealed handgun permit.  Have you have ever thought about having a show topic on 80% lowers? The ar15 easy jig is the jig that I use and love (but the older version).  This jig you cannot go wrong if follow the instructions to the tee. The last one I did while listening to the ar15 podcast, I was done by the time your average length show was finished so you see it really does not take that long to do. I just ordered my 4th 80% lower from another company for a dedicated 22lr so I can teach my little girl how to shoot.  And it's just so much fun to build your own custom AR15. The three I've built so far out perform my Bushmaster. I'm glad that my wife likes to shoot as well, she told me that I'm addicted to the ar15. Told her nope just want to build as many "ghost guns" as I can. I'm attaching a pic of the one I just finished about a week ago.

Keep up the good work.

Evertt:  Anthony, On the Gun Disassembly iPhone app, did you have \"Gun Disassembly\" or \"Gun Disassembly 2\"?  The second one has a somewhat improved interface for iPhone, yet neither is absolutely great. Gun Disassembly was made for PC originally and was ported to iOS. In fact the port was such a copy & paste the help section on the iPhone still (at least last time I used it) mentioned right-clicking to do several functions. Clearly a PC action and not possible on the iPhone. Regardless, it's in my opinion fun, educational, and impressive what the creators have done with it. If you give it another chance you might try it on the PC to get the hang of it. It's free on PC and you unlock the different gun models either by purchase or by completing challenges with the models it starts you with. Thanks for the great podcasts. The AR15 podcast is my favorite on FRN and I look forward to it every week. I'm hoping to start my first ar15 build soon and the info you all have provided has been great.

Zachary D.:  Reed, Wanted to let you know Silencer Shop has Ti-Rant 9mm suppressors on sale for $399 plus a $200 AAC online store credit.  Dakota Silencer has the Ti-Rant 45 for $450 with the same rebate.  The temptation was too much for me and I picked myself up a 9mm can, my first stamped item, earlier this week. When I asked the sales guy why they were so inexpensive, thinking perhaps a new model was due out, he said that with AAC moving he thought they were trying to reduce inventory to move, and administrative burden. Just wanted to pass along the great deal to yourself and all the listeners. Hope you're having a great holiday!

Brian P: Hey guys!!! Love the podcast. Been with you since the first show.  I have a few builds under my belt and decided it was time to get my oldest son involved so we can get a little father son bonding time in at the range.   He is ten and is building everything himself  with just  a little help here and there and of course  supervision  to make sure it is built properly.   So far everything is going great  and he is waiting for some more parts for Christmas.   Just wanted to let everyone know what a great experience this build has been.   But beware much patience is needed.   We do have one question because we will be outfitting his build with a 22lr  conversion kit. will this have any long term damage to the 5.56 barrel or will it just need a good cleaning when he is ready for  a real bolt carrier group. Thanks and keep up the good work.