ARP 076 - The Rifle Carried by America's Soldiers

Welcome to Episode #076 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and today I am broadcasting solo. 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 is there for you anytime you make a mistake, like when Jake shoots a takedown pin detent across his avacado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

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A look at the rifles carried by America's soldiers throughout history:

  • Model 1873 "Trapdoor" Springfield
  • Springfield Model 1892-99 Krag-Jørgensen rifle
  • Model 1895 Lee Navy
  • United States Rifle, Caliber .30-06, Model 1903
  • United States Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1917
  • United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1
  • United States Rifle, Caliber 7.62 mm, M14
  • United States Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16

Listener Feedback:

Bob L:  Not that I take off the stock that often, but i believe Aero now taps the rear takedown pin detent hole (4-40 thread) in their lower so all you have to do is screw in a set screw UNC 4-40 to retain the detent and spring.  It wouldn't be that hard to tap other lowers and might be worth passing on to your listeners.

Reed, length of barrel can and does effect muzzle velocity and therefore spin rate.  See link from accurate shooter.  I enjoy the podcast keep it up..

Ian K:  Hey Guys, Great episode, looking forward to the upcoming build, this will be interesting and informative for the new builder, and fun for the seasoned vet to follow along with as well.

Good job on choosing the components, this looks like very much a  “Reed” style rifle, just what I’d expect from you!

Just one thing I’d suggest you mention for the listeners.  Everyone is very familiar with the high quality and great reputation of Geissele products,  but some can’t afford or don’t want to step up to that price point for a quality trigger.  But what many people may not be aware of is that ALG Defense is Geissele, that Combat Trigger is really a fantastic GI trigger and a great value as well.

Thanks again as always, Jeremy H:  Hey guys, I absolutely love your podcast.  I only came across it a couple of weeks ago, and I've been listening every day while at work.  Now that I've caught up with all of the past shows, I find myself somewhat saddened by the fact that I now have to wait a week between shows.  I do listen to other podcasts on the Firearms Radio Network, but this one is by far my favorite - as is America\'s favorite black rifle.

The show is extremely helpful to rifle builders, helping us to find those awesome new products that we might have purchased from another manufacturer only to be disappointed.  I listened to the show on coatings yesterday, and now you've gotten me curious, so I plan to practice on my Benelli Nova shotgun before I coat SOME parts on my son\'s AR-15.  I too, am I purist, and love my black rifle, well, black.  But I could see myself doing something fancy with a competition rifle.  I've seen some pretty amazing race guns that were custom coated, and I do plan to do something like it some day.  My Rock River Arms LAR-15 Operator III will never see paint or coatings, she\'s beautiful the way she is.

I thank you guys for an awesome show, and will continue to listen every time it\'s on.  Please enter me in the drawing for that sweet AR you're building.

Thank you,

Justin B:  Hey guys just want to let you know i really enjoy the show makes work go by. I actually built my first ar because of the show. I started the build in September and finished in December 2013 it is a complete spikes tactical rifle and if you know how hard it is to find those then you know why It took so long. In episode 72 I believe it was you said something about never hearing the bad part of building your own ar. I would like to share mine and get you feedback on the issue.  The barrel i ordered was a .750 in diameter and the gas block i got was also a .750. The gas block was a extremely tight fit however I did get it on (with tape and a few light hammer blows) and it functions perfectly. I would just like to know if this is a common issue. Thanks in advance and keep up the good work on the show. Also if you are doing any giveaways please enter me.


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