AR-15 Podcast 218 - Listener Feedback Part 2


Welcome to Episode #218 of the AR15 Podcast. This week we have some more listener feedback.

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Listener Feedback…

Samuel B: Hi guys. Love the show!  When I build my next AR I am considering putting a scope and offset iron sights on it. My question is, with options ranging in price from $20 to $200.  Are there any offset irons that you guys can suggest based on positive personal experience? Thank you.

Curt H: Guys, I've been having a discussion with a friend about the 300 blackout he wants. He claims that a piston system works better with a silencer than DI. Do you know if this is true and if so why?

kiki kiki: Hello Reed and JD..... I have one AR-15 Lower and multiple uppers... all my uppers have an assortment of different 2 chamber muzzle brakes... from Surefire procomp to Wheaton arms 2 chamber brake! what these brakes all have in common is carbon build up on barrel crown face! No matter how many times I clean them, few 100 rounds later build up back! Cleaning becomes a pain, since you have to remove muzzle brake and reinstall and time with a new Crush Washer! Is this something I should worry about or just ignore...thanks kiki

Don: Glad to hear you back after a few weeks away. My question is about acceptable weight range for an AR-15. I just finished my first AR-15, built from sourced upper and lowers as opposed to building completely from scratch. Unloaded and with optic and BUIS it comes in at 8 lbs even. I know weight is subjective and depends on intended use but what do you think a normal weight range should be for a defensive rifle?

Dan C: Hey guys, I love the show, I've listened for years. Just like on all of Reed's rifles my iron sights are always up. I was wondering if you guys were ever planning on doing a show about the Fostech and Franklin Armory binary triggers, these are amazing developments and honestly seem better than an actual full auto. Though of course I'd like the Hughes Amendment to go away just as much as anyone. Love the show and Reed is for sure my favorite host, nothing against the other guys at all lol.

Zachary D: I know you've done several shows about acquiring NFA items, but don't think you've ever done one about what the rules are after you get your items. I envision this being similar to what a lawyer would provide to his client after drafting up a trust and the do's and don'ts for staying out of trouble.

Suggested topics include:

1. Traveling with your items;

2. federal laws, vs. state;

3. Do you really need to get permission from the ATF to transport across state lines?

4. How far ahead do you need to start planning if you do need ATF approval?

5. Does federal law trump state law when it comes to NFA items?
6. Loaning your items out - Is it ok to hand to the guy next to you at the range to let him try your silencer / SBR?

7. What about letting your wife or child use the item if they're not on your trust?

Shawn E: I live in Minnesota, which like a lot of states has regional separation during deer hunting for the legal means to take deer. I happen to reside in the shotgun zone, but we have several guys who hunt with rifle-caliber pistols.

Thinking of possible range, recoil, and repeat shots, I thought I would build an AR pistol in .300 AAC Blackout. One of the reasons I like it over a traditional pistol platform is that three points of contact, rather than one or two can be made with a traditional handgun. The fore end, grip, and the cheek weld on the buffer tube help to steady it a bit more than a traditional revolver or single-shot rifle-caliber pistol. With its weight, combined with its semi-auto bolt, it soaks up the recoil of the round pretty well.

So, flatter shooting, longer range, better stability, easy-to-mount optics, less upward recoil all make the AR pistol attractive to deer hunting where I am.

Thanks for a great podcast.  I actually like when you guys eat food on the air – it gives the show an “earthy” quality of sitting around the table in a hunting shack, a feed store, or somewhere else where folks are comfortable, normal, and real.


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