AR-15 Podcast - SHOT Show 2018 Day 1

Welcome to this episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode the guys sit down and talk about their impressions from the first day of SHOT Show 2018 followed by several interviews from the show floor.

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Shot Show Day 1

Noveske

            First Year at SHOT

10mm SBR/ Pistol

            Brownells

                        AR-15 Retro Line of Complete Rifles

                        AR-10 Line of Clones

            Otis Technologies

                        Mission Critical MC-10 Cleaning system

                        Borestick protection technologies

            IWI

                        Tavor 12

            Alexander Arms

                        50 Beowolf Bolt gun

            Aero Precision

                        Patches!

            Brigand Arms

                        Carbon Fiber Butt Stocks

            New Frontier Armory

                        C5 Billet Receiver

                                    MP-5 Magazine

                                    Side Charging Handle

                        CA Compliant Lowers

            La Rue Tactical

                        Toolless QD Scope Mount

            Geissele

                        URG-I Upper

                        Remington 700 Trigger

                        MPX Trigger

            Fortis

                        Lower

            SLR Rifleworks

                        AR-10 Lower using standard AR-15 Parts

            Rhino Metals

                        Safes

            Velocity Triggers

            Odin

                        Handguards

                        Ambi-safety

            3M-Peltor

                        Redesigned line of hearing protection

            Black Rain

                        Left Handed Uppers and parts to build your own

            Dillion

                        AR Reloading gear

            ZRODelta

                        New Metal frame pistol

 

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AR-15 Podcast 166 - New Frontier Armory with David Famigilette

Welcome to Episode #166 New Frontier Armory + 9mm Carbines.

Network News:

NRA Show Listener Meet Up

Where:    Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe

When:    Saturday May 21st at 7pm.

Jake tells us “If they can say "Amberdextrious" as well as I can I'll buy them a drink.”

What’s going on with us?

Giveaway: New Frontier Armory 9mm Carbine -

Otis Technology Partnership  

Main Topic:  

David Famiglietti Owner of New Frontier Armory

Background in Firearms -

How did NFA come to reality -

What have has NFA accomplished -

9mm Carbine

Last Round Bolt Hold Open

Glock Mags

Expanding to 10mm and .45 ACP

Feedback:

Tom G: Do they have plans to come out with a 357 SIG version.

Jason B:  I would like everyone to know what all the details of my new rifle will be... Barrel, bgc, handguard, trigger, iron sights/optics? Can we see some completed pics?

Chad W: Ok, what aftermarket accessories will work? Triggers, handguards, stocks, barrels, etc.

Craig: What is the difference between New Frontier Armory 9mm Ar15 carbine verses Stag Arms 9mm AR15 carbine?

Outro:

 

AR-15 Podcast 155 - US Optics

Welcome to Episode #155 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we will be chatting with US Optics. We spoke with 3-gunner Reed Gabrielson on the SHOT Show floor in 2015, but today we have USO’s General Manager, Jason Kyle with us.Our final winner for the last week of the Otis Giveaway was:  Russell Smith

We still have a few Otis Drawing winners who haven’t checked in with us.

Main Topic:  US Optics w/ Jason Kyle (GM)

  • Jason’s History
    • Marines - 0311/69, 12yrs
    • USO - since 2010, Sales, GM
    • Company History
      • 25+ yrs
      • Custom-built, grew into off the shelf
      • End-users
      • Product Line
        • Custom, built to order
        • Magnification ranges
        • Feature sets
          • FFP reticle, SFP red dot
          • Applications
          • Accessories/gear/partners
            • Definitely put 1-8x’s in cantilevered mounts
            • New @ SHOT
            • Ordering
              • Dealers
              • Direct

www.usoptics.com

www.usopticsacademy.com

Otis Technology:

We want to thank the folks at Otis Technology for their generosity.  Their help has made it possible for us to thank you, the listeners for all of your support.  Thanks Otis, We’ll see you at SHOT.

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 154 - Hands On With Compact AR Stocks

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Welcome to Episode #154 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re going to talk about our experiences with some very compact AR stocks. Our final winner for the last week of the Otis Giveaway was: Russell Smith

We still have a few Otis Drawing winners who haven’t checked in with us.

Main Topic: Compact Stocks

North Eastern Arms - Compact Carbine Stock ($320 + bolt, etc)

Troy Industries - M7A1 PDW Stock ($480, bolt incl)

Law Tactical, LLC - Folding Stock Adapter ($270, std bcg)

LWRCI - UCIW Ultra Compact Stock Kit ($130, std bcg) (Troy, NEA, LWRC)

Otis Technology: We want to thank the folks at Otis Technology for their generosity. Their help has made it possible for us to thank you, the listeners for all of your support. Thanks Otis, We’ll see you at SHOT.

Feedback:

Samson Simpson: Reed, you guys should check out the A5 system from VLTOR. It allegedly mimics the performance of a rifle length buffer system with a receiver extension that allows for an adjustable stock.

Mathew K: ……… Also wanted to say thank you for all the great content your network provides and specifically thank you for starting the black rifle podcast. I found your network through the AR-15 Podcast on November 4th and just finished listening to the entire back catalog so now I'm headed to Gun Guy Radio to listen to the back catalog there. Please let Reed and J.W. know that I thank them too.

Gene C: Hi guys, I was wondering if you could do an update on hunting with the AR15. Your last hunting episode was 2 years ago. I got into hunting big time this year (hog, dove and deer). I am trying to get into coyote hunting (with my AR in .223). I also plan to get an AR in 308 for hog hunting. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work! Thanks, Gene

James H: Thank you. Enjoyed the primer on gas tubes and buffer weights. Filled in my questions on both. Very informative. Guess I've been lucky, my builds have just worked. Build number 5 in the planning stage. Thinking of 300 blackout or AR pistol. Got my Form 1 SBR approved this month. Added a MFT BMS Minimalist butt stock to my Sig Sauer MPX-9 so I'm not sure about building an AR pistol now. May have to pick up parts for now. My last build was an AR 47. PSA 7.62x39 upper works great. Has a little more kick.

James H: In fluid dynamics, air is considered a fluid. Any liquid or gas form materials a fluids. Fluid dynamics is the study of how things flow.

Craig B: Speak Pipe Plugin feedback - about a striped screw head on a Samson Rail.

Outro:

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ARP 151 - Gas Tubes and Buffers

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Welcome to Episode #151 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re talking Gas Tubes and Buffers for the AROur Vortex Prism 1x Winner is: Kevin Sabecky

We still have a few Otis Drawing winners who haven’t checked in with us.

Main Topic:  Gas Tubes and Buffers

Gas Tubes

Conventional Lengths

  • Pistol (6 ¾)
  • Carbine (9 ¾)
  • Mid-Length (11 ¾)
  • Rifle (15 ⅛)

Non-conventional Length

Weight Buffer

PWS

  • H2 (4.06 oz)
  • H3 (5.20 oz)
  • H4 (6.90 oz)

Spikes Tactical

  • T1 (3.0 oz)
  • T2 (4.05 oz)
  • T3 (5.04 oz)

JP Rifle

  • Silent Capture Spring

Otis Technology:

November 22:  Jon Borkenhagen

November 29:  Larry Cunningham

December 6:  Jody Tippet

December 13:  Christopher Luttrell

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Feedback:

Bill Wylde:  I thoroughly enjoyed watching Episode #141. Yes, I'm still alive. Still shooting at every opportunity. Great show! - Bill Wylde

Robert:  Reed, you are the greatest.  The AR-15 podcast has taught me so much, and I am so glad that our lifestyle is becoming more popular because of people like you.  I'm pretty sure that the 2A issue will be the unhinging of our country if we don't turn it around, but I think you are doing just that.

After I started listening to the AR-15 podcast, I found the reloading podcast and it blossomed into a whole bunch of other Firearms Radio Network podcasts.  Yours is still the best!

I use the Amazon affiliate links whenever I can.  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Outro:

ARP 150 - Holiday Gift Guide

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Welcome to Episode #150 of the AR15 Podcast. This week we're talking about holiday gifts for AR shooters.Main Topic: Holiday Gift Guide

Reed

J.D.

J.W.

Feedback:

ericfine50:  listened this morning - some excellent ideas and comments. I was surprised that no one suggested using an AR with a 14.5 barrel and the Law Tactical AR Folding Stock Adapter. That would reduce the overall length when concealed.

I agree that you should go with an AR that is not budget, because you want it to work when you need it. Assuming that you are needing to get your Trunk/Truck gun because it is no longer safe to be without it.

I would also look to add a Chest Rig (Like the HSP D3CR), Soft Body Armor, and even a Team Wendy Helmet. Extra magazines for your AR, Pistol, and what about a fix blade knife?

JoshBurgess:  How you guys were talking about the truck gun, I'm not sure if I just missed it or you weren’t talking about how long should you keep ammo before changing it out.

Otis Technology:

November 8: Jamie Hendricks

November 15: David Gonzalez

November 22: Jon Borkenhagen

November 29:  Larry Cunningham

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Outro:

ARP 149 - A Very Short Thank You

Who I am Thankful for:

  1. The Listeners
  2. Jake Challand
  3. My LEO Friend
  4. My Co-hosts
  5. My Post Production Staff

Otis Technology:

November 1: Cheryl Greene Fordyce

November 8: Jamie Hendricks

November 15: David Gonzalez

November 22:  Jon Borkenhagen

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Outro:

ARP 148 - What Can We Learn From the Events in Paris

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Welcome to Episode #148 of the AR15 Podcast. We want to let you know that we are beginning registration for our giveaway for the Vortex Spitfire 1X Prism Scope.  We are asking you, our listeners and fans to nominate a First Responder to receive the Vortex Spitfire 1x Scope.  You can go to the link Click Here to Enter.  We will also have a link on our Facebook Page for you to use. We’ll be doing the drawing on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 26).

Being Prepared with an AR Truck or Trunk Gun

  1. Why?
  • Protection for a major event:
  • Self Defense:
  • Workplace Protection:
  • Getting Home:  
  1.  What to look for.
  • Cost:
  • Reliability:
  • Familiarity:  
  1. AR Options that are cost effective.
  • Build your own:
    • Blem uppers and lowers:
    • Used Parts:
    • Basic Parts: We don’t need match grade.
  • Used ARs
    • Pawn Shops:
    • Gun Broker
    • Private Party Sales
  • New ARs ( Suggestions )
    • Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport - $590
    • PSA 16" FREEDOM RIFLE - $620
    • AERO AC-15 - $700
    • Windham Weaponry R16 - $560
    • Ruger AR-556 Rifle, 5.56 NATO M4 Flat Top $600
  1.  Accessories
  • Optic Yes or No?
  • Sling?
  • Pop Up Sights?
  1. Securing
  1. Conclusion

Otis Technology:

October 25: Joseph Doughty

November 1: Cheryl Greene Fordyce

November 8: Jamie Hendricks

November 15: David Gonzalez

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Feedback:

Shawn Redmon

Do any manufactures make a clone of the Vietnam era m16. Always thought that version was the coolest of the ar15 family with its 20 inch barrel and triangle handguards

Joshua Sigmund

Hello, was re-listening to the SPR show and I'm not sure if I heard Reed correctly or not but I think he said you could find a bolt matched to a barrel for between 250-400 bux but I can't find any for cheaper that 500+. I'm trying to get a parts list/wish list going for my SPR build. Thanks for helping clarify this for me.

Outro:

ARP 146 - Low-Profile AR Carrying Cases

Welcome to Episode #146 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re talking discreet carry cases for your AR. We want to let you know that we are continuing registration for our giveaway for the Vortex Spitfire 3X Prism Scope.  We are asking you, our listeners and fans to nominate a Veteran to receive the Vortex Spitfire.  You can go to the link Click Here to Enter.  We will also have a link on our Facebook Page for you to use. We’ll be doing the drawing on Veteran’s Day (Nov 11).

We want to let you know that we are beginning registration for our giveaway for the Vortex Spitfire 1X Prism Scope.  We are asking you, our listeners and fans to nominate a First Responder to receive the Vortex Spitfire 1x Scope.  You can go to the link Click Here to Enter.  We will also have a link on our Facebook Page for you to use. We’ll be doing the drawing on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 26).

We want to let you know about a great source for T-shirts and Patches! If you go to  http://patriotpatch.co/ you can line up to pre-order the new “In God We Trust” patch and buy more FRN stickers, Patches and TSHIRTS!

Main Topic:  Low-Profile AR Carrying Cases

Why to Conceal?

Assembled vs Broken Down

Size vs Discreteness

Options

  • Diversion Racquet Bag - from Blackhawk
    • $70
    • Available at many gun stores, designs are very similar to sports equipment bags, but still offer room for a broken down AR or an SBR <12”
    • Loop material and a divider inside, carry strap
  • 2 Vets Arms M4 Pack Insert (LBT-2813E)- from London Bridge Trading
    • Very tough to find, bought in a kit on sale from LBT, <$75
    • Loop material and rifle attachment points inside
    • Different colors, shaped more like a small instrument bag
    • Quick-open zippers to peel apart the case

Awesome!!

  • Discreet Operations Rifle Case - from Critical Precision
    • $300+
    • Started with an initial-order group buy, financed first production run here in the US. Orders just arrived.
    • Very high-quality materials, looks almost like a video camera or production gear bag
    • Removable divider, lots of padding inside
    • Quick-open zipper top

Otis Technology:

October 11: Casey Fowler

October 18: Dean Ackles

October 25: Joseph Doughty

November 1: Cheryl Greene Fordyce

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Feedback:

timlido:  After last weeks podcast I realized I should consider changing my home defense 5.56 ammo.  I was using 45 grain hollow point rodent ammo b/c I did not think my 1:9 barrel twist could handle >62 grains.  I guess I thought my barrel would explode or something.  I will now consider the higher grain home defense ammo.  Thank You!

Michael C.:  Read, I finished listening to the episode regarding an AR for home defense.

Twenty years ago my Department. Did a huge practice study of the best bullet for the AR.  This test came about because of the need to start deploying rifles with patrol deputies.  Prior to that the rifles were kept in the station armory or in the Sergeant car.  There were a few exceptions such as our Special Weapons Teams and deputies working in rural areas.

About 15 years ago our Special Weapons Teams changed from 9mm H7K MP5 to M4.

Executives who knew nothing about weapons, ammunition, or police work for that matter were concerned that using a rifle in an urban environment the bullet would go through all the buildings, ritchot and kill everyone on the block.

After a bunch of tests that included shooting in an actual house, through drywall, insulated and uninsulated,  stucco, bricks, vehicles, glass.  We found out the best bullet to use in a house and urban environment.

Now we also had to look at a bullet was accurate out to 200 yards and was capable of taking down a man.  (FYI the longest shot taken by a sniper with a .308 was 125 yards, the longest for .223 was 75 yards)

The bullet we found worked the best.....drum roll......

55-grain soft point.  Yes, that is correct.  Plain old across the counter nothing special 55 grain soft point.  The same thing you could use on coyotes or small animals.

When the bullet hit drywall it begins to mushroom/break apart.  When it hit the second sheet of drywall it spreads into shrapnel.  the effect is much less if there is insulation in the walls.  The bullet was stopped with stucco.

Interestingly a .22 LR penetrated more than the .223.

You haven't talked about it much, but bullet design plays a large part in bullet performance.   Everyone is so worried about OTM, Steel core and heavy-weights, everyone forgets the humble soft point.

On a side note:  Comparing a 20 inch barrel to a 14.5 inch barrel.  Performance is virtually the same out to 200 yards.  I've shot my 7 inch pistol out to 200 yards and hit steel. The pistol has an aim point and I stuck a bipod on it for the test.

Keep up the good work.  I hope I can start punching out shows again real soon.

Josh from Henderson, NV:  Hello Reed and friends, I just wanted to thank you for the awesome podcast you guys put out every week.

I'm also glad James is on the show now. I live right outside of Vegas as well and hope that some topics pertaining to being a shooter in the state of Nevada might be discussed at some point.

I still don't know how you guys come up with show ideas every week, so here's one that I would like to suggest that pertains to our favorite black rifle.  Maybe every week you could highlight a new product that has recently come out.  For example, even though I have adopted the keymod interface I see that a company called Kinetic has come out with a new way to attach picatinny rail sections to an m-lok handguard that is really slick.

Thanks again for the great shows. Shayne:  Reed, I'm a listener of your AR15 podcast as well as a big fan of what you guys do.  I would appreciate it if you would have Andy from ZQI Ammo on your show. They have excellent ammo at reasonable prices. Now they have a direct buy program. ZQIammo.com.  Many of your listeners know about the ZQI ammo from Walmart.  What many listeners may not know is that ZQI has rebranded some of its ammo under the Guardian name as well as added a new line of ammo from Israel from IMI Independence brand.  ZQI also has a sister company called Zenith Firearms that some of your listeners would care to know about.  I appreciate all that you guys do with the AR15 podcast and the Firearms Radio Network. Thanks again for your time.

Casey F:  Keep the podcast coming.  I looking at two barrels for my build one has chrome bore and the other does not.  Is it more important to have the one with chrome over the one that doesn't.  Thanks again

Casey F:  Enjoy the podcast , download as many podcast that I can Need some advice I have a magpul mil-spec moe stock on a mil-spec buffer tube This stock has a lot of movement and makes a lot of noise of the rifle Do you have any thoughts on how to fix this problem short of replacing the stock. Would it be possible for you to do a podcast about the different gas tube lengths and the Pros and cons of these gas tube lengths.  Thanks again and keep the podcast coming

Outro:

ARP 144 - Things to Consider When Building an AR for Home Defense

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Welcome to Episode #144 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re responding to a listener request to build an AR-15 catered specifically to home defense. We want to let you know that we are continuing registration for our giveaway for the Vortex Spitfire 3X Prism Scope.  We are asking you, our listeners and fans to nominate a Veteran to receive the Vortex Spitfire.  You can go to the link Click Here to Enter.  We will also have a link on our Facebook Page for you to use. We’ll be doing the drawing on Veteran’s Day (Nov 11).

We want to let you know that we are beginning registration for our giveaway for the Vortex Spitfire 1X Prism Scope.  We are asking you, our listeners and fans to nominate a First Responder to receive the Vortex Spitfire 1x Scope.  You can go to the link Click Here to Enter.  We will also have a link on our Facebook Page for you to use. We’ll be doing the drawing on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 26).

We want to let you know about a great source for T-shirts and Patches! If you go to http://patriotpatch.co/ you can line up to pre-order the new “In God We Trust” patch and buy more FRN stickers, Patches and TSHIRTS!

Main Topic: Home Defense Builds

  • Benefits of carbine vs pistol
    • Accuracy
    • Capacity
    • Size
    • Build pieces
      • Familiarity, under stress you fall back on what you know/are familiar with
      • Manipulation, need to be comfortable transitioning through your home
      • Visual Enhancement, must be satisfied with your target identification
      • Silencer, avoid adding disorienting factors to your environment
      • Lights, Lasers, encourage adding disorienting factors to their environment
      • Complexity, minimize the # of decisions/choices you must make to engage
      • Reliability, build the rifle with components that are tried, true and tested
      • Ballistics
        • Over-penetration?
          • Buckshot penetrates more
          • Calibers (300blk, 7.62x39?)
          • Ammunition
            • Heavy OTM
            • Fragmentation vs bonded expansion
              • FMJs rely on high velocity to frag (avoid in SBRs)
              • Hornady 75gr TAP is popular (nickel cases, BTHP)
              • 53gr VMAX, etc explode into a million pieces
              • Frangible? Hell no.
              • Generally prefer heavy expanding rounds (barrier blind) rather than fragmenting ammo
              • M193/M855 takes too long to frag at CQB ranges
              • Best way not to over penetrate a wall is to hit a bad guy first

https://www.ar15.com/ammo/project/Self_Defense_Ammo_FAQ/

  • Accessories
    • Sling (2 hands free)
    • Flashlight (as bright as possible - Scout, Fury, WMLx) (strobe is nice)
    • Laser (Dazzling Laser Light Shows are nice too)
    • Vertical Grips
    • Angled Fore Grips
    • Shortened/PDW Stocks
    • Comfortable Grips
    • Sighting
      • Always-on red-dot
      • Sight offset - height over bore
      • Turn on the lights!
      • Other considerations
        • Size - SBR?
        • Noise - Earpro/silencer
        • “safe” directions of fire
        • Locks/safes
          • No lock is more effective than gun safety training for your kids

Otis Technology:

September 20: Thomas H. Jackson

September 27: Seth Mullins

October 4:  Robert Hollandsworth

October 11: Casey Fowler

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Feedback:

Already receiving lots of great entries to the nominate-a-vet Vortex Giveaway. Thanks for sharing your stories with us and the rest of the listeners on our Facebook page.

Jack:  A discussion of AKs on an AR-15 podcast is totally appropriate if only to offer some contrast to the AR platform. As an owner of both, I can appreciate both systems and the pros & cons.

That being said, I wanted to point out an issue AK aficionados observe all the time. AR loving Americans often like to drop $400-600 on a cheap IO AK or beat up WASR with canted sights then compare it to their Noveske or DD AR race guns. No wonder there is such a disparity!

Reed, I'm no attorney, but maybe this won't be a terrible analogy:

I am trying to pick between purchasing a sedan and a pick up truck. So, I test drive a Kia Forte (I had to look that up) and then a  Super Duty King Ranch F-250 w/ every option.

This is what Americans do when running a sub par AK like an IO vs. the race gun Noveske AR. Why then are we surprised when the Super Duty outperforms the Kia? After this "test drive" we erroneously conclude that Pickups are inherently superior to sedans when in reality we've thrown in a bunch of extra variables.

Anyway, thanks for the entertaining show. Your show follows me on my soul crushing commute as well as when I'm chopping vegetables for dinner.

Mike Kyle:  Hey guys, I have a $800-1k budget and want to build a 9mm sbr. I never built a pistol cal AR so needing some help with a parts list. Have you guys done a pistol cal podcast? -we left a link to episode #120

Charlie Foxtrot (had some issues finding the Podcast listed on iTunes)

While I got you on the line: Thanks for this 'cast!. I'm currently planning my second build: a DMR-ish precision rifle. This will be my first complete upper build -- I think I can tackle it based on what I've learned a lot from your 'cast. How 'bout a show comparing/ contrasting all the build tools/ holders for the uppers?

Tom G. - suggested we go into different POUs, and we started by doing the SPR build episode. He also mentioned some alternative calibers, and we’re very interested in doing a show on Long Range Calibers and builds - what are some of the competitors using to fight the wind with high BC bullets and super hot wildcats?

Shawn Redmond - Have any you guys the chance of handling the new magpul pmag d60 " 60 round drum". What should people be looking into before the 2016 presidential election. Prices seem to jump on ammo, magazines, lowers etc during election years.

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ARP 138 - Building a Special Purpose Rifle

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Welcome to Episode #138 of the AR15 Podcast. Tonight we are going to talk about building an SPR or Special Purpose Rifle.We want to let you know about a new source of cool products! Please go to http://patriotpatch.co/ to pre-order the Huckleberry patch and buy FRN stickers.

Also, the Firearms Radio Network will be at the 2015 BullPup Shoot in Mount Carroll, IL on September 19th. Go to bullpupshoot.com for more info.

Catch up with the hosts

Main Topic

Building a Special Purpose Rifle, otherwise known as the SPR

What was the SPR designed to do.

-shortened rifle-gassed M16, whereas a RECCE is a lengthened carbine

-provide more punch at longer ranges

-deliver maneuverability

-initially stood for Special Purpose (upper) Receiver

-USN Mark 12 Mod 0/1 (we’ll go into all the details of this platform in a few weeks)

Build ConsiderationsTwist Rate - The origin of the SPR points at a conceptual marriage of height weight match bullets with match grade barrels.

1:12” might be well suited for 55gr, but doesn’t like the heavy stuff.

1:8” is good all-around that’ll stabilize 55gr up to 77gr, whereas

1:7” is more of a dedicated heavy-bullet twist.

Barrel Characteristics- 18”, rifle-length gas, match grade; “SPR-profile”

Stock -  Generally a fixed stock.

Triggers - 2-stage vs 1-stage

Rails - Definitely free-floated

Optics - +6x… 3.5-10x40 or 3-9x36

Suppressors:  

Accessories - Bipod, night vision

Otis Technology:

August 9: Joe Lautenschleger

August 16: Jones Foxx Jr.

August 23: Don Hall

August 30: David Dickerson

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Feedback:

Stewart P.: Enjoyed your last show, especially the personal experience on parts you used that really seem to work. For future shows, I would love to have you do a comparison being the newer CLPs that have been coming out such as Froglube, Fireclean, EWL 2000, etc. A lot of internet chat has these CLPs as either being the greatest thing ever to the worst snake oil scams in the world.  Would also like to have a future show covering  the DI vs. piston debate.Tom A: Hi guys, I really like the show but I think there may be something wrong with your RSS feed.  I listen to you guys through Downcast and I haven't received your show from the 22nd yet. I thought it may have been my app so I deleted you show a resubscribed but now there are no episodes available to download. Hope you can get this up and running again soon.

Michael A:  Reed, I was listening to the 450 Bushmaster show and heard your call for people to participate. I'd love an opportunity to connect with you and the guys. I'm currently an Army Reserve soldier (don't hold it against me ). I love to shoot and have personally built 2 AR pistols, a DPMS pattern 308, and 9mm chambered AR. Lastly, I speak for a living. My civilian job is training executives at a Fortune 100. I hope you and the guys see fit to connect with me. I think it would be a great experience.

Respectfully,

Stephen S: I really liked your money well spent episode. You guys on the network get all of my admiration. The dedication it takes to put out a show every week is amazing. I download almost all of the shows on the FRN and am trying to catch up on all of them in my free and driving time.On the last show, Reed asked for show subjects.I am about to begin my first AR build. I am building a 20" bull barrel for mid range. I don't have the largest budget at my disposal and am interested in the M223 model Nikon scope. Probably 4x-16x. I would like to know how they stack up to vortex and bushnell in the same price point. Maybe the Vortex Viper HS, and Bushnell Elite Tactical for a little more.  Thanks for all your hard work.

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ARP 136 - Good Money Well Spent

Welcome to Episode #136 of the AR15 Podcast. We want to let you know about a new source of cool products! Please go to http://patriotpatch.co/ to pre-order the Huckleberry patch and buy FRN stickers.

Also, the Firearms Radio Network will be at the 2015 BullPup Shoot in Mount Carroll, IL on September 19th. Go to bullpupshoot.com for more info.

Main Topic

Good Money Well Spent

1Wedge:  Brownells ACCU-Wedge  080-000-663WB

  1. D Ring:  MGI D-Fender Extractor D-Ring  741-015-003WB
  2. Buffer Spring: Superior Shooting CS Springs 840-000-048WB
  3. Nickel Boron, Titanium Nitride, Black Nitride Bolt Carrier Group
  4. Military Cotton Web Sling
  5. ALG Defense - Advanced Combat Trigger 100-009-797WB
  6. Ambi Charging Handle - AXTS Raptor 100-011-154WB
  7. AR-15 Field Repair Kit 100-015-382WB
  8. Good Quality Magazines
  9. OTIS - M4/M16 Cleaning Kit 668-000-070WB

Otis Technology:

July 26: Doug Weddle

August 2: Joel Frederick

August 9: Joe Lautenschleger

August 16: Jones Foxx Jr.

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Feedback:

Ben: Hey guys! I normally don't love the company focused episodes mostly because they haven't been companies I was particularly interested in as I'm currently in the process of figuring out maximum bang for the buck on a coyote shooting rig, but I loved the Vortex interview. They're exactly what I was looking for in an optics supplier and I have a feeling that the optics for my coyote rifle will not be the last thing I buy from them. Love the podcast, and look forward to whatever you have coming down the pipe.

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ARP 125 – Building an AR-15 from Scratch – Part 3

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Welcome to Episode #125 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me tonight 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.

Brownells Edge Program

FREE Standard Shipping On ALL Orders

Discounts On 2-Day & Overnight Shipping

FREE Return Shipping

Special Members-Only Offers & Discounts

Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/partsMain Topic:  Building an AR-15 from Scratch - Part 3

The Upper Receiver

  1. Receiver
    1. Variations
    2. Features
    3. Quality
    4. Cost
  1. Barrels
    1. Length
    2. Twist
    3. Profile
    4. Gas System
    5. Crown
  1. Gas Block/Sight Base
    1. Profile
    2. Adjustments
    3. Pistons
    4. Utility
  1. BCG
    1. Carrier
    2. Bolt
    3. Materials
    4. Coating
  1. Charging Handle
  1. Handguards
    1. Length
    2. Diameter
    3. Connection Point
    4. Accessory Attachment Points
  1. Muzzle Device
    1. Brake
    2. Flash Hider
    3. Compensator
    4. Silencer Attachment

Otis Technology:

April 13: Mike Mourer

April 20: Eric Strong

April 27: Michael Blace

May 4:  Koal McMillan

May 11: Len Dichtel

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Watch for the special posts on Facebook and Instagram to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each  month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Feedback:

Hugh P:  You guys should check it out the AXTS Talon safety selectors (same company that makes the Raptor charging handle). They are 45 degree and (unlike the Battle Arms ones) will work on any lower receiver. They also have the ability to be converted to standard 90 degree selectors in a few minutes (see the video on their website). I used to have the BAD sectors but have since switched over to the AXTS ones on all my AR's. Also, can you guys do a podcast on linear compensators and the current crop of muzzle device covers that mitigate side blast that accompanies compensators (FerFrans CRD, Kineti-Tech, Lantac BMD, Surefire Blast Diffuser/Warden, Griffin Armament Blast Shield, etc.)? Would be great to hear the pros and cons as well as how the covers change the effectiveness of the muzzle devices under them. Keep up the great work.

Bob L:  Reed, another common and inexpensive method is to  use a clevis pin to prevent launching the spring.

Clevis Pins

Dan V:  Thanks for the shoutout on your show this week...I was the guy that recommended adding the search function to your site to help other listeners find episodes, etc.  Wow...should something that helpful be recognized???  Gee you guys just mentioned ar cleaning kits piled to the sky at the secret headquarters.  Feel free to send one along to me to make more space for your quality programming…

@lendichtel:

@enzorifleworks:

@dylan.h.cave: Upgrade! Upgrade! Upgrade!  On the best day of the week too.  now it’s time for some range time.  Thanks for the excellent article on muzzle devices @guntruth.

@bigbiller: For some reason, I left laughing out loud by myself.  Connecting w/148 and 248 yd steel targets through iron sights w/rusty Tula .223 through the M&P consistently w/ease was apparently humorous.  Guess you had to be there . . . .

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ARP 117 - Talking 3-Gun Nation with Chad Adams

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Welcome to Episode #117 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me tonight 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.

Brownells Edge Program

FREE Standard Shipping On ALL Orders

Discounts On 2-Day & Overnight Shipping

FREE Return Shipping

Special Members-Only Offers & Discounts

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

Main Topic:

  • Genesis of 3GN
    • Individual backgrounds
    • How did it spread
    • What is the current state
      • Numbers, growth, stats
      • Level of competition, innovation
      • Controversy?
        • How do non-competitors view the ‘sport’?
        • Media environment
        • Shooter/judge integrity/honesty
        • Gear
          • It’s the AR-15 Podcast, am I right?
          • Do most shooters choose an AR-variant?
          • Do the competition builds coming from manufacturers capture what a 3GN competitor needs?
  • What does the future hold
    • The current rules of the Pro Series
    • Network television
    • Internet (online shooter profiles, etc)

Otis Technology:

The fine folks at Otis Technology have sent over a mountain of rifle maintenance tools and cleaning kits for the AR-15 and AR-10.  We’ve been tasked with giving them away.  Like us on facebook or send us some feedback on Facebook to get a chance to win some of the awesome products made by Otis Technology.  We’ll give away a complete MSR Cleaning kit in either 5.56 or 7.62 in the middle of each  month up until Christmas, when we’ll give away a complete Otis Technology Elite Cleaning System to one lucky listener.  During the alternating weeks, we’ll be giving away a host of Otis tools and cleaning supplies.

Feedback:

dylan.h.cave: SBR 12.5” with 11” CMR rail

gunwebsites: How many parts can you identify?

jscanter: Thanks for the info and encouragement, still need BCG, trigger (this week), and Griffin Armaments compensator.

wallygat0r: Read the review of the TangoDown Battlegrip over at the Firearms Insider.

Austin:  Hey guys, wanted to say how much I appreciate your show and how it helps get me through my long work days. Also this week you interviewed the manufacturer of the ARAK and I was curious if they have or if you have any experience with gas piston ar's heating up much quicker than DI platforms?  Can't wait to hear your response and thanks again for the show.

Phillip E:  Hey y'all from the AR 15 Podcast this is Phillip E, I am new to this show but not the Firearms Radio Network, like all the others you have a great show keep up the awesome work! Ooh! Rah!  Semper Fi

Al, from Wellington OH:  Hi Reed. I too am a product of the 1980's prior service. I was in the Army from 83-85. Any way, I am partially thru the podcasts listening to all of them and I do love the show. In one of the episodes in the teens you were talking about bullet Yaw. What we were told was the 5.56 round tumbled end over end. What made the round so devastating was it would bounce around in the body. I am sure the subject has been beaten up in episodes I haven't gotten to yet. Thanks for the show.

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ARP 021 - From the NRA Annual Meeting

Welcome to episode #21 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Greg Bakken. This is THEE podcast about youuurrrr favorite black rifle! This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

AR-15 Product of the Week:Tavor Rifle

Lone Wolf Distributors is hosting us at the NRA Show Booth #2555

Don’t forget to use the Lone Wolf Discount Code FRN for 10% off your next order!

Main Topic:

Next Level Training

15% Off Code - FRNNRA2013

Otis Cleaning Kit

B.O.N.E. tool

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