ARP 089 - The Left Handed AR-15


Welcome to Episode #089 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today 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.

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100-009-232 – Spikes Tactical – Dynacomp Extreme 5.56

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Don’t forget to re-zero every time you make a change to your AR when your sighting mechanics are impacted.

Main Topic:  Left Handed AR’s

1. Differences:

  • Upper Receiver
  • Bolt Carrier
  • Bolt
  • Barrel Extension?
  1. Manufacturers

3. D.I.Y. Lefty Options

4. Lefty Built or Ambi Controls?

5. Alternative Platforms

  • Tavor ($110 bolt)
  • Beretta ARX (extractors on both sides)
  • SCAR (in-built ambidextrous controls)


Eric S in Arizona:  Hey guys, I really look forward to your podcast each week. I found your podcast several weeks ago and just finished catching up on the past episodes. One thing I heard you guys mention in several episodes that I must respectfully disagree with is there really being no need for a forward assist, I use a MSR for predator hunting and when I get out of my truck I do so as quietly as possible, and since I always clear my weapon before putting it in the truck, pulling the charging handle back and just letting it fly forward to chamber a round is just too noisy, so I slowly release the handle but of course that does not completely chamber the round and lock the bolt so I use the forward assist to finish closing the bolt. While this is a unique situation I feel it is good enough reason to have the forward assist. Anyway that is just my 2 cents worth. Keep up the great podcasts

Grant C:  Need some help folks, I have a Ares Armor Harpe free float Upper 5.56/.223 and this sucker hates Wolf Performance ammo (Just got it out to the range and all I had was Wolf). I know, I know, \"Feed it brass and it will be happy\"!!! Well I have allot of Wolf and very little Brass ammo. I completely disassembled it and cleaned and lubed the hell out of it. I am going out at lunch time tomorrow to do a little testing. I have some American Eagle 5.56 (Brass), ZQ1 5.56 (Brass) and Wolf Performance 223 (Steel).

Is there anything you can do to the chamber as far as polishing it to help the issue of steel ammo not performing? The biggest problem I have is FTF or double feed. I gather that the cases are sticking causing rough extraction slowing down the bolt and having the extractor slip off the rim (I put a rubber doughnut in the extractor spring for my testing tomorrow). Also would polishing the chamber help with this issue? If so any links or sites you can recommend to get information on how to polish it correctly without putting it out of spec would be helpful? It is not a chrome lined chamber/barrel.

Any thoughts or tips are greatly appreciated. I am not satisfied with the answer that its just a picky rifle so don't shoot steel in it. There has to be something that can be done to make it run steel.

Specs: Barrel: Our signature barrel which is 16 inches in length, 1:7 twist, Black Nitride coated, Carbine length gas system. Marked 5.56X45 Ares Armor Nickel Boron BCG (AUTO) Bolt Carrier Group (AUTO) for an AR15, M16, or M4: The Carrier is coated NIB. All Machining is completed to Mil-Spec. Properly Staked Gas Key. Gas key is heat treated. Carrier is made from 8620 and Heat Treated, Bolt is Heat Treated 9310. Bolt and Extractor are Shot Peened. Includes Crane O Ring. Gas Block: is a low profile gas block made from hardened steel and has an inner diameter of .750. Gas Tube: Is a carbine Stainless steel gas tube.