The Major Tools Needed 1. Workbench 2. Bench Vise 3. Upper Receiver Action Block 4. Lower Receiver Vise Block 5. Armorer’s Wrench 6. Hammer 7. Roll Pin Punches 8. Torque Wrench
The Tools that Make it Easier 1. Roll Pin Starter Punches 2. Roll Pin Holders 3. Bolt Catch Pin Punch 4. Geissele Reaction Rod 5. Barrel Nut Alignment Gauge 6. Stock Wrench 7. Pivot Pin Detent Installation Tool
Special Use Tools 1. Snap Ring Pliers 2. Carrier Key Staking Tool 3. Bolt Ejector Tool
Things you wouldn’t have thought you needed 1. Painters Tape 2. Anti-Seizing Grease 3. Work Mat
Chris W: Hey guys, love the show. I just want to revise a question I had sent in earlier this week.
I'm trying to decide where to get a barrel from for my .300blk SBR build. I want to get a quality barrel, but I don't know what to look for. I've heard the benefits of chrome lining and nitride lining, but I don't know what a reasonable price is because Aero Precision is selling an 8 inch CrMoVa barrel for $210, but the 9" barrel from AAC that has a nitride coating and an installed gas block is $425. That seems like a crazy price compared to the Aero one, but maybe it isn't. Being a newbie to the industry, I would love to hear from some more experienced guys on what to do for a barrel. I want quality, but I'm on a fairly tight budget. What's a good compromise? I'd rather spend a little more if it's going to last a lot longer for me.
Any help is appreciated, and thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! I do have one question on that though, I know that I can enter through subscribing to the newsletter, leaving a review on iTunes, or stitcher, but what I'm not clear on is if there can be multiple entries? If I do all three do I get three entries? Thanks again,
Damian: Hi Guys, I just found your show! I am building my 1st AR and was pleased to hear discussion on building one in your 75th episode. I have a couple newbie questions that I have not been able to answer yet:
Do I have to worry about upper / lower pairing (dimensions, gaps, etc) from different manufactures or is this taken care of by the mil specs?
Along the same lines are there any other dimensions I should be watchful of while building and mixing parts?
Coatings Coatings Coatings, Melonite, NiB, NiB-X, Teflon, etc, good bad & ugly and one manuf. to the next, quoting quality. I'm leaning towards NiB-X.
I always see a lot of reviews talking about budget builds but could you do a good, better and top of the line comparison with reasoning?
Thanks, I'm excited to listen more for the piece part manufacture comparisons and your choice logic!
Robert W: Reed I really enjoy your podcast, I work for An Armored Truck company and listen to the AR15 podcast and other podcasts on the Firearms Radio Network using "doggcatcher" podcast aggregator for Android while working. I just picked up a Blackrain lower for myself and a Phase 5 lower for my eldest (21) son for a simultaneous build. My son will build his on a college student budget and I will build my AR with a little more green. Do you have any suggestions to make it educational and fun.
Rob L.: Have you guys discussed using 45 deg offset BUIS with optics? As I understand it to use standard (inline) popup BUIS you have to remove your optic/scope 1st. 45 deg. offset a better/realistic alternative? Sorry if I missed!!
GDT AR15 AR 15 Front and Rear 45 Degree Rapid Transition BUIS Backup Iron Sight.
Charles K: As I fly from PHL to PHX, I am listening to Episode 77 on Stitcher (offline)and I wanted to give you some constructive feedback.
I love the show, but there is a lot of background noise in this episode, and it sounds like either strange breathing, or stuff being slid across the counter top. It is very distracting.
Thanks for a great show and great topics.
Ian K: Hi Reed, and great job on Ep.77 Michael C.! Another great episode guys.
Michael, one of the highlights was knowing how Reed must have been filling with pride as you cast aside that new-fangled ACOG to introduce and instruct young Marines on the proper use of the archaic iron sights!
If I may, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask a small favor of you.
Now that you're getting into the Brownells build, you will be discussing the tools needed and recommended for each assembly.
Lets all of us clear thinking individuals take a stand here and now and agree to eliminate and never again mention the horribly ineffective and poorly designed upper receiver action block that many builders have had to suffer with for decades. Now that we have the Geissele Reaction Rod, and similar quality products from Brownells, there is no reason to ever go back again. For those new builders, I’ll let you describe the simple genius behind securing the upper receiver at the barrel extension, as opposed to crushing the entire aluminum upper in a bench vise, then fighting it as it slips and shifts while trying to torque down the barrel nut at the same time. Please spread the Gospel.
Love the show guys, and thanks again,
Now if I could just figure out how to fit this ACOG to my M1 Garand.
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