AR-15 Podcast - A Look at Home Defense Options

Welcome to another edition of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode JD and I will be talking about our vision of two home defense AR options.   


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M16 Bolt Carrier Group 5.56x45mm Nitride MP $89.99

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ALG Defense ACT AR-15 Trigger Set

CMMG AR-15 8.2" 300BLK MR Barrel $141.99

Superlative Arms AR-15 Adjustable Gas Block Solid Melonite $89.99

Spikes Tactical AR-15 Gas Tube Melonite Pistol Length $18.99

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AR-15 Podcast 203 - Short Barreled Rifles

Welcome to Episode #203 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re talking about SBR’s

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RTT - Giveaway - SBR - Anthony not included in the giveaway

Glock slide special $49.99 single color slide only.  - RTT       

Main Topic:

Reed -

JD - MP5 - TPM- Outfitters

RTT Firearms SBR Giveaway -

Mil-spec forged upper and lower

12 inch billet rail m-lok

Magpul furniture

10.5 inch barrel with under rail flash hider    

Two tone distress paint job

Caliber 5.56/.223

Short-barreled rifle (SBR) is a legal designation in the United States, referring to a shoulder-fired, rifled firearm, made from a rifle, with a barrel length of less than 16 in (41 cm) or overall length of less than 26 in (66 cm). In the United States, an SBR is an item regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) as a Title II weapon. In the absence of local laws prohibiting ownership, American civilians may own an SBR provided it is registered with the BATFE, and a $200 tax is paid prior to taking possession of or creating the firearm.

The regulation of short-barreled rifles was the result of the National Firearms Act of 1934 which also imposed restrictions on short barreled shotguns, silencers and machine guns.

When an individual wishes to build a short-barreled rifle, he or she must beforehand submit a completed BATFE Form 1

Feed Back -

DW Taylor - Since Reed is such a fanatic on Iron Sights, I had to throw him a bone!  I'm building a black rifle chambered for the 6.5 Grendel. This will be used with a magnified optic, but I also want backup iron sights. 20 inch barrel, low profile gas block, rifle length. I want to put a free floating handguard on it, probably either Brigand Arms carbon fiber or similar style.

I'm wondering how the accuracy of iron sights on a free floating handguard is compared to sights mounted directly to the barrel.

Also, what buffer weight should be used with this? I have a PSA Magpul MOE mil-spec lower build kit that I'm using, but should I use a heavier buffer? Should the buffer spring be changed as well? What's the downside of using mil spec buffers with a heavier round?

Thanks again for a very informative and enjoyable show.  I'm still working on my lowers collection, but do I really need 83?  So far I am only at 18% of that target.

Michael M. - Show 197 Barrel Temp, Listening to the show a comment was made that after firing 300+ rounds in three minutes that the modified barrel temp was 207 degrees and that a conventional barrel would be 1500 degrees kelvin. 207 kelvin is about 100 degrees below zero (-100 F). Just wondering if you were implying 207 Celsius (500 ish kelvin). Just curious as even reducing the temp by half is impressive.

David L. - Evening Gentlemen, when ya'll were reviewing Shot Show and speaking of a target viewing system not using a spotting scope.
I think Anthony mentioned it. Also saying that a techie kind of guy could make one himself.

Remember that? Could you point me in the right direction to do something like that? I don't like spotting scopes and find it hard to spot 5.56 holes 300 yds or further downrange.

Thanks Guys. Enjoy the Podcast and I am learning, not to my Gunsmith Son's level yet, but ya'll are my tutors and bringing my knowledge level up behind his back.


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AR-15 Podcast 164 - AR 15 Pistols

Welcome to Episode #164 of the AR15 Podcast. In this episode we talk about all things “AR Pistol”


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?


Reed - Busy during tax season.

J.D. - Range day.

Giveaway: New Frontier Armory 9mm Carbine


Main Topic:


The AR-15 Pistol

1.    What’s the difference?

A firearm built from inception to be a Pistol

Based on the same components you’re already familiar with

AR Receivers

AR lower parts kits

AR Handguards

AR Bolts

Buffer tubes and barrels are usually different

Flexibility is limited in a number of unique ways

2.    What’s the point?

Rifle power in a compact size

Near NFA utility without the cost

Use in a PDW capacity

For those that can’t SBR

A few manufacturers have been able to eliminate the buffer tube.

3.    Where Does it fit In?

Compact Truck Gun

Substitute/Transition SBR

Can go from pistol to rifle and back

Some of the perks without the NFA burden

That final accessory for your Ninja setup

4.    What do I need to consider?

NFA considerations are still relevant

Thumbing your nose at the “Man” rarely ends well

Your money is tied up in this build, so you need to want this

Practicality vs. Novelty




Jody T:  So the story came out last year about a young soldier dying of a massive erection because he was so excited about shooting a 50 cal machine gun. (True story, poor guy) Has Reed ever got that excited, well almost that excited, while shooting a particular gun and if so what gun? 😎

LCR:  Heard your discussion about the changes to the Marine Corps shooting program.  Part of the misunderstanding I see when this is discussed is the Marine Corps time, aka the Marine Corps Enquirer mashed together multiple years' worth of Marksmanship Symposiums and quite a bit of conjecture.  During the M16A4/M4 PIP there was a proposal to field a new Upper Receiver Group (URG) with a free floating rail and without a fixed front site.   Currently that is on hold because of costs and the current initiative to equip all re-equip all infantry and infantry-like units with only M4s.

Since 2008 all of our new guns did not come with carrying handles, they came with a BUIS initially made by Matech. In 2010 the Marine Corps started buying KAC 600m BUIS, there were problems with its fielding because it did not come with a body of doctrine to support a BUIS, so many of them walked off over the years.

In 2012 the Marine Corps decided to only use the RCO in the entry level pipeline, this was based on numerous studies and feedback from the field that Marines could not shoot with RCOs all that well and most did not understand them.  This was tied to 1) the optical sited weapon is the primary means of using it, if using irons the weapon is in a degraded mode of operations 2) most Marine learn to shoot in the Marines 3) all their initial training was on the irons 4) because of the rule of primacy, they understood irons 5) it takes 2-3 times longer to retraining to a new item (deprogram) as it did for their initial training.  So why spend the two total weeks of training on the degraded mode of operation when most shooters will never get the time required to retrain them for their primary means of shooting the weapon?  What finely really killed the irons at recruit training was after they studied recruits and lTS at TBS and demonstrated that all RCO training shooters could still qualify with back up iron sights

Ian N:  Hello Men, I wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoy listening to the podcast the last few months.  I wish I would have known about the show sooner, but am working hard to catch up on past episodes.  I got back into shooting three years ago and the AR platform quickly became my top priority.  One off the shelf purchase and three builds later, I show no sign of slowing.  I regret the almost five year break I took from shooting after the military.  I just wanted to tell you guys to keep up the good work, and I appreciate the product that you put out each week.



ARP 139 - Project Build - Thoughts on an SBR


Welcome to Episode #139 of the AR15 Podcast. Tonight I am going to talk about what goes into building an SBR.We want to let you know about a new source of cool products! Please go to 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 for more info.

Main Topic

SBR Considerations

  1.  Thoughts about the NFA process
  1.  My Build
  1.  Cerakote
  2.  Suppressor Use  
  1.  Accessories

Otis Technology:

August 16: Jones Foxx Jr.

August 23: Don Hall

August 30: David Dickerson

September 6: David Hibler

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.


Jason P: I hope this is where I submit feedback for the Ar15 podcast.  I would like to hear a show on building a pistol caliber SBR with a direct impingement operation.  Have not heard of such a thing?  Think it is impossible?  There is a guy in Florida building them.  His name is Ron, he has a website at  Thanks for reading.  Hope this show idea works for you and happens.  P.S.I do enjoy your program.  But would like to hear some more technical information imparted during the program.  Especially when talking building.Robert:  Hi again Reed, I've been going through the back episodes, and in #025 (Trijicon) you mention a range near Ukiah, CA around a place called Cow Mountain.  Do you still have the GPS coordinates? I'm desperate for a 400 yard range in Northern Kommyfornia! Also, you and Steve mention some form of "gun scrubber".  Is that the one from Birchwood Casey?  I need something to clean out my gas tube, since I'm have a gas problem.  It may be the fact that I'm using Norma .223 ammo in my Colt M4 Match Target rifle (with a rifle length gas system). Thanks again,

Casey F:  I'm building my first ar and I want to shoot both .223 & 5.56 ammo. I'm going to use a .223 Wylde barrel for this. My question is I have a complete bolt carrier group in 5.56 will this also shoot the .223 or do I have to get a bolt chambered in .223.  Any thoughts you have would help me out.  Just learned about the podcast and I enjoy it.  Many thanks.


ARP 135 - Mk18 SOPMOD


Welcome to Episode #135 of the AR15 Podcast.

We want to let you know about a new source of cool products!  Go to 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 for more info.Main Topic -

Mk18 Clones (SOPMOD Block I and II)

  • How’d Naader get into this?
  • The Airsoft world
  • Evolution of the CQBR/Mk18 program
  • Rails, barrels, accessories
  • Difference between units, branches

CQBR project removed from SOPMOD, taken over by NSWC, Crane, type-classified as the Mk 18 Mod 0.

10.3” barrel, gas port opened up from 1.6 to 1.8mm. 1-piece gas ring instead of 3 rings. Commercial extractor spring + o-ring around extractor.


ARP 099 - Hearing Protection for MSR Shooters


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:

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


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


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 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.


ARP 092 - Looking at SBRs and the AR Pistol from a New Perspective


Welcome to Episode #092 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my Co-hosts Anthony (the Wiseguy) 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.

AR-15 Podcast - Episode #075

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

Product of the Week:

Magpul’s new MOE SL Line of furniture and accessories

Main Topic:Looking at SBR's and the AR Pistol from a New Perspective

  1. SBR’s in the Era of 30 Day Approvals

- Still a $200.00 Tax Stamp

- ATF regulatory control

- eFiled Form 1 approvals running at around 30 days

  1. AR Pistols in the Era of Stabilizing Braces

- ATF Opinion Letter is not immutable

- Stabilizing Brace is Cost Effective at $165.00

- No Government Oversight (for now)

  1. Which Way to Jump


Rob L.:  The cost of litigious lawyers baked into gun prices? So, How much of a guns price is for CYA for potential lawsuits? Thank you trial lawyers!!!


Todd:  Now that I have my AR finished and ready to shoot I have been looking at different ammo. Cost is my major concern, but I do not want to damage my new gun either, so I have a few questions.

Key info: The shooting ranges in My area of Texas do not allow FMJ ammo.

I have a 16" 1/9 twist 5.56 chambered barrel.

1. Steel vs Brass - steel seems to be cheapest but will it cause problems with my gun or will it misfire etc?

2. Mail-order ammo using to locate least expensive. Is there problems with mail ordering ammo? Or should I just go to nearest store. I have academy, Cabelas, Cheaper than dirt all within 30 miles.

3. Grain - I read and have researched til I am blue in face regarding twist rates. I purchased my barrel asking for a 1:7 but when I got it home I noticed it was 1:9 so I am stuck with that cause I don't want to deal with the store I got it from due to customer service.  I plan on target shooting at the range most of time and just want the right grain that will show off my new scope and rifle. So what grain HP or soft Point do I look for?

4. Do I need to beware reloads?

Thanks in advance. I am including the photo of my just completed AR 15.

Hugh:  Hey guys, I just got finished listening to your podcast on silencers/suppressor and thought it was great and super informative. I wanted to share a link that I thought you guys would like. It's shows the different baffle designs for about 100 different suppressors from old to the new. It's very cool to see all the different ways people use to solve the same problem. It even has cutaway pics of suppressor disasters, including one where a guy dumped a 30 round mag of 300 Blackout on full auto through a 5.56 can (12 rounds sheared off and made it through the core, the others piled up on the first baffle).

You guys talked about the OSS suppressor in your podcast but didn't know too much about it. I've shot one and have to say, as lefties, you'd dig it. They may not be the quietest, but they only have about 10% of the increased back pressure that suppressors normally add, so there is no blowback in your face and far less wear on the gun.

On a completely unrelated note, I have a 15" BCM KMR rail on my Daniel Defense and I absolutely love it. One of the unintended benefits of having a keymod rail is that you can weave paracord through the holes to make a light, cheap and durable handguard. You can also change colors and patterns as often as you like for only about 50 cents worth of material. I've attached a pic so you can see what I mean. Just be sure that you wrap it tight so none of it is touching the actual barrel, and start with a longer piece than you think you need. Trust me, it sucks balls when you run out  about 80% of the way through and have to unweave all your work, cut a longer piece and then start over.

Keep up the good work, the show has improved so much since the beginning; it's not even funny.

Rob L.:  45 AR-15? Have you guys covered .45 ACP AR-15s? I know you did 9MM a while back. I understand their are several .45 uppers available. Maybe revisit pistol cal AR's.  I'd put a 45 AR on my wish list. Even with the higher cost of 45 ammo.  I'd bet that many "smarter" AR owners have .45 ACPs.  Thanks

Thanks Rob!  Here are a couple of links to 45 ACP AR15s.