ARP 103 - Interview with Precision Ear

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Welcome to Episode #103 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.

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

Product of the Week:

GI Style Sling

Main Topic: Interview with Jeff Weaver of Precision Ear

The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

John Wind

Feedback:

SirGilligan:  Thank you very much for mentioning my app Gun Log SPC! As mentioned, Gun Log SPC does not use iCloud and your data is only on your device. The app does not (nor ever will) take any of your data and send it somewhere else. The Gun Log apps are first and foremost range logs. You have to have your inventory of firearms and ammunition to make a good range log, so the app is also an excellent inventory app. The app tracks failures, firing sets, maintenance, and all more. I also wrote a G1 ballistics calculator to help you get on paper. I wrote all the code, there are no third party libraries, in the app at all. With that said, that is the reason there is no bar code scanner, I did not want to use a third party software tool to read bar codes without knowing that the bar code scanner library isn't harvesting data. You can read about the app here: http://gunlogspc.blogspot.com/

I would love to give the give Mr. Hardy some free downloads of Gun Log SPC that could be shared with your audience. If he will contact me, the contact info is in the app, I will hook him up so he can hook you up.

There is only me, one programmer, no one else. I do this on the side.

Want a code?  Like the AR-15 Podcast Facebook Page!

I want one too

Arturo: 

Have 10 FRN listeners contacted you "guys" about Shot Show yet?

Pete:

Hey guys, finally getting caught up on podcasts (ARP 097) and thought I would send a picture of this monstrosity I saw at the 2014 Chicago gun show... It's like playing Where's Waldo trying to find the muzzle from the front. Still lovin the podcast and it's really great how the show has progressed in quality and content.

I'd love to hear what Patriot Ordnance Firearms (POF) has going on if you guys see them at Shot Show, don't recall you guys ever mentioning them, really a very solid gun. I've owned one for a while, mine is the 18" version, fluted barrel, button rifled, piston gun with a really nice POF trigger. Very accurate, low muzzle rise and allows faster follow up shots than any other AR I have shot. Only downside of the rifle is weight, pretty noticeable, especially after a full day of shooting and lugging around from stage to stage.

Your show inspired me to build an AR on my own and am really glad I did. Decided to do a lightweight version unlike the POF. I went with a Rock River 2 stage based on a friends advice...not my cup tea, feels more like excess creep more than anything else and don't really like the longer reset. I don't get the fascination with those. Anyway I will end up replacing with the POF single stage, again, a big fan, very crisp.

Keep up the great podcast!

Mike R, Skagit Shooting Range:

Reed, Anthony, JR - What a great show as always, you all bring a great element to the podcast.

First of all - Why the heck don't Rick and his "team" of survivors use the suppressors all the time? It really frustrates me on so many levels - First those walkers are attracted to sound. Second  your hearing? I'm thinking it's really important to have great hearing in the zombie Apocalypse. I'd love to see a 300 Blackout SBR suppressed - those 220 SMK must do wonders on the walking dead!

Alright - I must admit, after hearing you guys talking about getting to the range - well I get to the range several times a week, but I don't get to shoot as much as I'd like to - because I work there. Crazy as it may seem. I have to force myself to get out there to shoot - and I have 50+ guns in the rental counter if I don't want to shoot and clean mine.

I heard about some of the topics coming up - can't wait.

Can you talk about head space again - and your experience with head spacing your new build ARs. I've not head spaced any of mine yet.

I'm always interested in hearing technical info about the AR - springs, triggers, where to lube etc. Perhaps a maintenance performance tip of the week segment?

Shot show meet up, I'm in - Tue/Wed/Thur are all open

Ken:

To all the Hosts at The AR 15 Podcast,

I wanted to take a chance to write and thank you for your show.  Growing up and living most of my life in Pennsylvania, I never had an interest in the AR platform until recently, since they are not legal for hunting.

I became more curious about AR in recent years and found your show early this year through a link on AccurateShooter.com's Daily Bulletin.  I started listening to the podcast from the first episode and working forward until I caught up.

I had to learn everything from your shows.  The technical feedback from Bob and others was fascinating.  The more you taught me, the more interested I became.  I decided it might be fun to learn about these new fangled space guns by putting one together.

I talked it over with my wife, Cathy, and decided to raise money for the project by collecting aluminum cans on my jogs.  I was slowly saving money until a co-worker took off several months for medical reasons and I had to work many more hours while he was out.  At first I was rather bummed because I was spending so much time at work, I did not have time to collect cans, but I talked it over with Cathy, and she agreed I could put $5 from every hour I worked overtime toward the gun.  That certainly helped my savings increase faster.

Trying to decide what to build took some thought.  As I have no experience with these fancy auto-loading rifles, I decided to start closer to the beginning, so I ordered an imported  M16A1 parts kit advertised on GunBroker.com.  After searching the web, I wasn't quite sure which parts I had to get rid of before buying a receiver, so to make sure I got rid of the M16A1 trigger, disconnect, hammer, sear, and safety selector.  Does anyone besides me find it strange that it is alright to import the fully automatic fire control group with these old guns, but not the barrel?

I wanted to keep the gun as authentic as I could, so I bought a 20 inch barrel with a 1 in 12 inch twist in the M16A1 profile, a M16A1 profile lower receiver, and a standard fire control group.  I used original parts wherever I could.

After putting the gun together and breaking in the barrel, I completely disassembled it and took it back to my parents house over Thanksgiving.  My Dad and I put it back together and fired hundreds of rounds with no failures.

It guns shoots great, but boy is it ever a rattle trap, especially with earmuffs contacting the stock amplifying the sounds of the action spring flailing around.  The ergonomics are all wacky for me as well.  The A1 stock is very short, placing my eyes real close to the rear sight, causing me to blink every time the gun recoils.  The grip is so close to the trigger, that my second knuckle sticks past the trigger, my finger is bent at an uncomfortable angle to get the ball of my finger on the trigger.

The gun is a nice toy, but I can't see it every replacing my Marlin 30-30 as a go-to rifle.

My Dad borrowed the gun for some classes he is giving to people from his church using flintlocks, Garands, M1 Carbines, and other historical military firearms.

In the future I would be interested in trying to build an AR10 platform with a 24 inch 7mm-08 barrel, but after seeing how the barrel is held on, I don't know if the  aluminum receiver would be strong enough for a barrel that long.  A longer barrel would likely mess up the gas system dwell time as well and cause problems, or at least cycle the bolt before the bullet has left the barrel, making the extra length worthless.

I will attach a picture of my Dad, Jim, with the AR15.  We tell people he is clowning around, but in reality, he likes to discourage any potential suitors for his 5 granddaughters (and at least one more on the way).

Thanks again for the show.

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ARP 102 - Naughty or Nice? - The Gift Episode

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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: ar15podcast.com/parts

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

ALG QMS

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)

FireClean

Cerakoating Service

The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

Jennifer Gehman

Feedback:

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 http://www.80percentarms.com/products/80-ar-15-easy-jig (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.

Outro:

ARP 099 - Hearing Protection for MSR Shooters

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Welcome to Episode #099 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.

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

Product of the Week:

Brownell’s Back in Black Event for the week of 11/17-11/23

Main Topic:  Hearing Protection for MSR Shooters

The Decibel Scale

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Gunfire dB levels by caliber

Hearing Protection Options

  1. Ear Plugs (miscellaneous objects found on the ground at the range)
    • 1. Empty Casings
    • 2. Casings That Aren’t Empty
    • 3. Cigarette Butts
    • 4. Smallish Stones
  1. Ear Plugs (foam) - available at your nearest pharmacy
  1. Ear Plugs (molded generic)
  1. Ear Plugs (custom molded) Precision Ear
  1. Ear Plugs (custom molded electronic) Precision Ear
  1. Ear Muffs
    • 1. Browning
    • 2. Caldwell
    • 3. Winchester
  1. Electronic Ear Muffs
    • 1. Howard Leight
    • 2. Peltor
    • 3. Pro Ears

Ear Pro Wisdom from our Network Staff:

Michael - Competitive Rifle Podcast

I prefer to use the Surefire Sonic Defenders.  I leave the plugs out and then cover up with Peltor Tactical 6S.  This lets me hear range commands, but still protect what hearing I have left.  For High Power and Bullseye matches I wear some custom made ear plugs by CaCe Associates (which is a wife and husband). I got them made at Camp Perry in 2012.  They shut out pretty much all noise.  I can wear these at a High Power or Bullseye match because the course of fire and range commands are the same.  I can't wear them at an IDPA match because I can't hear anything.

Devin - Firearms Insider

Cheap foam expanding plugs under cheap ear muffs, except for when I can "liberate" my friends Howard Leights Impact Sport.

Aaron - We Like Shooting

I have two ear muffs coming in, and two form fitting ear plugs, I will let you know.

Larry - Power Factor Show

I use Moldex foam plugs because I'm cheap.  I use muffs to support my Contour HD camera for getting match footage.  It's nice to be double plugged, but I can't hear much of anything else with both systems in place.  If I'm not shooting, I just wander around and play Range Officer with the plugs only, unless I'm running a guy with a particularly loud Open division race gun.

Ryan Cross - Big Network Honcho

Pew, Pew, He Likes Silencers

Jared - Firearms Insider Blog

I prefer when Jake sticks his fingers in my ears.  It's comforting and soothing.

J.W. - AR-15 Podcast

I love the TCI DEHPs with gel cups for wearing all day. I think they just got bought out by Safariland or something. I used to be really into headphones and was thinking about getting some custom IEMs and maybe earpro with the same molds... the muffs have worked great so far though - changed batteries once in the last year or so I think. I run the behind-the-head model and it fits under helmets just fine. Never wanted to go with the helmet rail adapters because I don't use the helmets very often and didn't want to have to switch back and forth.

Mike - Reloading Podcast

Just do like Jeremy Pozderec does and use cigarette butts....

Hank - VP Sales

Anthony, I just had these made and really love them. I've only used them twice, but don't see any reason why I would change my opinion in the future. We met them at the BullPup shoot recently, and they did the custom molds on site for me.

We Like Shooting just discussed them on Episode 65 as well. I know that you can get a set that you make your own mold, and then send back to them to get made. I believe that is what Aaron is doing with his.

The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

Jennifer Gehman

Feedback:

Rob S: Just listened to Episode #92 on SBRs (again!). I have been contemplating registering one of my AR lowers as a SBR for a long time.  When i heard that the ATF is taking electronic Form 1's and is in the process of changing the rules governing trusts I decided that now is the time to submit the form. In case anyone is interested there is a great article on AR15.com which takes you step by step through the electronic submission. When you complete the form you enter caliber, barrel length and length overall, does that lock you into the dimensions and caliber entered on the form?   I have heard conflicting information from various sources and wanted your input on the matter. Thanks for a great show!

Mark O:  Hi Guys, Please do an episode on .308 AR's and the differences between DPMS/Armalite.  I believe you've mentioned them briefly on the show but it would be great to hear more of the details.  Thanks!

Classified1976: I just recently discovered the Firearms Radio Network on iTunes and I am particularly drawn to the AR-15 Podcast.  At work I have listened to all of your shows one after another.  Your topics are informative and your guest are awesome.  Great shows! Please keep them coming.

Randall F.:  Hey again, Reed. Just a couple of questions. Was that a stainless barrel on that giveaway rifle? If so, what kind was it?  Thanks.

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