AR-15 Podcast 157 - MK1 Mod2 by PWS

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Welcome to Episode #157 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re going to talk with Stacey Nagey from Primary Weapons Systems.Main Topic:

This week we take a look at some of the great products by Primary Weapons Systems.

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AR-15 Podcast 156 - Post SHOT Show Round Table

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Welcome to Episode #156 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re going to talk about what we had and opportunity to take a look at while we were in Las Vegas for SHOT Show.Main Topic:

LMT:

  • New Lower - Lewis Machine and Tool (LMT):  Total ambidextrous receiver, charging handle, flared mag well.

Tavor:

  • New Rifle X95 ( March )

Battle Arms Development:

Sigarms

  • Optics

Vortex:

  • Spitfire II
  • AMG
  • Benchrest scopes

Palmetto State Armory:

  • AR Lower’s for AK Mags

Taken Down/ Barrel Changing AR

  • LMT: MARS – L.  Modular Ambidextrous Rifle System – Light.   
  • MGI
  • Ruger

Pistol AR Lowers (Glock Magazines)

Brownells

  • A1 Upper and Lower
  • A1 Barrel

Lightened .308’s

  • Daniel Defense
  • MegaArms

Primary Weapons Systems

  • Mk 1, Mod 2

Fun Stuff for JW:

  • AntiDrone Ammo: Advanced Ballistics Concepts

Flugz:

  • DIY Molded Hearing Protection $25

Geissle:

  • New Scope Mount - Awesome!!  MSRP $320.00.  

Barrels:

  • LMT Barrels: 10.5 to 20 inches.  Calibers: 5.56mm, .300 blackout, .204 Ruger, 6.8 SPCI.
  • AERO Precision: Ballistic Advantage

Triggers:

  • Geissle - True Single Stage
  • LMT - Two stage trigger – AWESOME
  • Elftmann

Vltor:

  • Polylithic Upper
  • Handguard
  • Expanded A5 Offerings

Feedback:

None This Week

Otis Winners we need to hear from...

Joseph Doughty

David Gonzalez

Jon Borkenhagen

Kirby W. King ✅

Russell Smith ✅

Barack Obama

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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.

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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.

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AR-15 Podcast 153 - The Year in Review Part 2

Welcome to Episode #151 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode host JD flies solo and covers some of the best moments from this year's shows. Our Vortex Prism 1x Winner is: Kevin Sabecky

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.

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AR-15 Podcast 152 - The Year in Review

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Welcome to Episode #151 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode host JD flies solo and covers some of the best moments from this year's shows.Our Vortex Prism 1x Winner is: Kevin Sabecky

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.

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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!

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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.

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ARP 147 - A Salute to Our Veterans

Welcome to Episode #147 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re going to share some of the nominations from the family and friends of some of our VeteransWe 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:  Veterans Day Vortex Giveaway

We drew the name William Macomber for the Vortex Spitfire 3X Prism Scope giveaway.  You and your family and friends nominated many veterans for this drawing and I’d like to now share some of the nominations with you so you can hear the words of your family and community and why they are so very proud of their veterans.  I want to also remind all of you listeners that served our great nation as well that I am positive that the community of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines as well as your communities and your families respect and appreciate your service.

Robert H.  My father Melvin served in the airforce. He was in Korea when I was born in '77. He learned carpentry in the airforce and continued to work as a carpenter  for another 12 years afterward. He took night classes while working more than full time to earn an associate's degree. He then built a successful insurance and title business from scratch. That business employed a young lady through her college degree and allowed me to earn an engineering degree my father always wanted. I never remember him calling in sick. In '93, after having 1/3 of his colon removed, he was back to work weeks before his doctor advised. While the college degree is handy, his work ethic was more valuable for me. This August he retired. To celebrate I built him his first AR-15. I hope he has lots of time to shoot it with me.

John F.  Sean has given 8yrs to the Army, including 1 tour each to Afghanistan and Iraq. He has a brand new wife (married 3OCT) and a very young daughter whom he loves, and would do anything for. His full-time job is a state prison Correction's officer.  He is always the guy that any of us can call, with anything, and he will be right there, getting his hands dirty to help. He works hard to provide for his young family, and deserves  a huge thank you!

Barrick T.  Dan is a lifelong friend. I've watched him grow from a snot nosed kid, to a punky teenager with no respect for authority (while I was making the same transition); into a man with great respect for his country, a father with great love for his family (I may be nominating his wife for sainthood soon as well), & a friend on whom I know I can always rely. His story may not be particularly remarkable, but it is one of the heart of this great country, & he has certainly made an impact in my life. He was also just hired on to a local police department, while still serving as a reservist in the army.

Tonya S.  He is my dad and my hero!  He went active Army straight out of college even though there was a war on in Vietnam.  He retired as a Major after 20 years of service to our country. He always wore his uniform with pride and it showed.  He is an honest, patient, loyal and honorable man. His second career in life, he became a Gunsmith. He used to call himself a "precisionist", since he didn't believe perfection to be attainable. He's now fully retired and enjoying traveling the world with his wife of 55 years. I have lived my life always keeping his model in my mind's eye, trying to always live up to the high standards that he set for himself but never requires of others.

Jacob I.  My father is the greatest man I know. A little cliche maybe, but I've never known a better sentence to fit him. My father is a Gulf War veteran, and a father of 5. He has been an amazing dad and an even better life mentor. He is one of the few people I've ever seen to sacrifice  everything for his family. My dad moved out here to North Dakota for a better paying job. He was apart from his family for a year and a half with one chair and a blowup mattress. He ate a can of soup every night with his one set of silverware. He deprived himself so he could save enough money to bring his wife and kids out to join him.  Two years later and he's looking at buying a house. This will be his first ever owned home, and he deserves it. His sacrifices lead me to move from comfortable california out here to North Dakota, and I hope to be able to pay him back for everything he's done for me. This scope and acknowledgement would be a perfect appreciation gift for my dad.

Stephanie B.  I'd like to nominate my husband Jeff who is my favorite Veteran.  Jeff is a Disabled Veteran of the war in Afghanistan where he served as a Combat Medic with the U.S. Army Infantry.  Not only did Jeff serve his Brothers and Sisters on the battlefield, but since returning home he has gone to work at our local VA Hospital as an Emergency Department RN.  Jeff has found great healing in working with his fellow Veterans and they appreciate knowing Jeff is one of them.  I think it would be great for Jeff to get this recognition, he gives so much and asks for so little, this would be a wonderful "Thank You!".

Chad P.  My wife Ronda served in the USN, as did I. It seems like every time someone recognizes the veterans at church or some other place and we both stand, I get all the credit. Someone actually told her thank you for standing by your husband. A lot of people these days don't realize how many women have served in the armed forces. Now that her service is over, I would just like to see her get something to recognize her service. Thanks for the podcast. Thank you Vortex.

Rod T.  I would like to nominate my brother Ron, who was in both the Navy and the Marine Corps.My brother Ronald joined the Navy after graduating from high school.  After his basic training, he served as an enlisted cryptologic technician in Japan for 3 years.  During that time, his superiors took notice of him and encouraged him to apply for the Naval Academy.  He was accepted to the Academy, and graduated as a Marine 2nd LT.  He was in charge of light armored vehicles in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He left the Marine Corps as a Captain.  My brother's voyage from a high school graduate, to an Seaman Recruit in the Navy, to a student at Annapolis, to a Marine Corps Captain is very impressive to me.  He has always been humble about his accomplishments and service.At Ron's wedding, one of his fellow Marines revealed a great deal about Ron in a few short sentences.  This gentleman (Paddy, I still remember his name) came up to me and told me that he was alive due to my brother's actions.  Paddy told me that he was "in a bad situation" and Ron did not hesitate to go get him.  Paddy said that Ron was a "great man in combat".  My brother shrugged it off.  I'm sure you have a number of fine Veterans that are nominated.  Please consider my brother, because he is a fine man, and a fine Veteran as well.  

Otis Technology:

October 18: Dean Ackles

October 25: Joseph Doughty

November 1: Cheryl Greene Fordyce

November 8: Jamie Hendricks

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.

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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

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ARP 145 - The Tavor Rifle

Welcome to Episode #145 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re talking about the Tavor and comparing it to the AR-15.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:  The Tavor

  1. 1.Genesis
  • Developed by IMI ( Now IWI ) Tavor development team in 1994
  • IDF  Israel Defense Force joined the development process in 1995
  • Testing by IDF began in 1997. Field testing began in 2000.
  • From IWI “ These are some of the hardcore tests that no laboratory test  can compare to: long weeks in extreme conditions, rugged terrain such as  boulders and desert, dropping,  human factors etc. “
  • Tested from 1997 to 2006.
  • The first Tavors were delivered to IDF infantry in  2006
  • The Tavor will completely replace the M4/M16 by 2018
  1. Features
  • Bull pup configuration.
  • 100% Ambidextrous $449.99
  • Can be safely fired after being submerged in water and not completely dry
  • Cold hammer-forged barrel
  • Long stroke gas piston operation for reliability.
  • 100% interchangeability of all TAVOR parts
  • Drop in trigger group…. “ Upgrade”
  • Optional 9mm conversion kit
  1. Variants
  • SAR-IDF IDF16 - Select Fire version of what is issued to IDF ( With MEPRO 21 Day/Night Illuminated reflex sight )
  • The rest of the SAR line offers options of 16.5 or 18 inch barrel. Also available in California Compliant.
  • X95 Micro-Tavor - SBR version for Israeli special forces. US version rumored in the future.
  1. Accessories
  • 9mm conversion kit - $900ish
  • Upgraded triggers.. Timney Trigger, Geissele and ect. - Recommended
  • Rat Worx ZRX 9mm Tavor Suppressor 400 ( but need the 9mm conversion )
  1. Downside…
  • Price…. $1700-$2400
  • Cost of accessories
  • 500 pound trigger
  • IWI says 550 yard range… 350 is more realistic
  • Tavor Face. Gas blow back. Much more noticeable when running suppressed.
  1. Thoughts
  • Bench
  • Standing
  1. Verdict…….
  • Home Defense Gun
  • 3 Gun?
  • Range Toy?

Otis Technology:

September 27: Seth Mullins

October 4:  Robert Hollandsworth

October 11: Casey Fowler

October 18: Dean Ackles

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:

Gordon G.  I recently found your podcast on FB. I asked a couple of questions there, I asked about a angled front grip and a VFG. I finally have been able to get to the range with the VFG,and decided I liked it more. I'm still pulling to the left after the shot is fired, I shoot left handed, I've done a little more research, there's a guy on YT that did a test on about 30 different compensators. I'm wondering now if I need to get a better comp on my AR to help with the recoil control. And what is a good one to get. His test showed that a Precision Armament M4-72 was the best he had to test.

Thank you for your time,

Will:  Hi I'm joining Brownell and it ask where I've heard if them and it ask for a source code so they know it came from your reference do you have these things.

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.

Outro:

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ARP 143 - Is There Room for the AK in an AR World

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Welcome to Episode #143 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re talking about the AK-47 and some of its variants.We want to let you know that we have begun 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.

We’ve been talking about a new source of cool patches for a few weeks! We’d like to let you know that they’ve got a new patch.  The “In God We Trust” patch is in its pre-order phase, so please go to http://patriotpatch.co/ to get your “In God We Trust” patch.  You can also find FRN stickers - and a host of new T-SHIRTS!

Main Topic:

Is There Room for the AK in an AR World?  More specifically is there room in your world for an AK?

History

    1. In 1946 Mikhail Kalashnikov lost a design competition to the SKS. Continued to modify the design with his focus on reliability. His modifications moved the AK-47 to the front of the competition and AK-47 was put into production.

Variants

    1. AK-47
    2. AKM
    3. AK-74
    4. AK-12
    5. Saiga

18 U.S.C. 922(r) Compliance

    1. AK imported in sporting configuration
    2. AK manufactured in U.S.
    3. AK kit sold for assembly

Comparisons

    1. Manufacture
    2. Ergonomics
    3. Recoil
    4. Accuracy
    5. Reliability

Ammunition

    1. Cost
    2. Bimetal
    3. Berdan
    4. Corrosive

Accessories

    1. Rails
    1. Optics
    2. Silencer?
      1. Concentricity
      2. No Straight Lines

Otis Technology:

September 13: Stephen Carter

September 20: Thomas H. Jackson

September 27: Seth Mullins

October 4:  Robert Hollandsworth

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:

Mitchell M.:  Hi, I was involved with shooting competitions including Camp Perry starting back in 1983. Those were the days of the M-1 and particularly the M1-A which I got distinguished with in 1986, #600 on that list.

The only AR shooter that I can remember at the earliest date was Randy Felpouch; spelling ?; who had a long barrel AR, 26” - 28” and was using 69 SMK's through 600 yards, this was late 1980's and 1990's.  David Tubbs nor myself got into the AR's , Carl Bernoski did and has gone through some interesting calibres to get the maximum performance from the platform. My limited use of the AR was in speed shooting at Knob Creek in the competition there where I had considerable success, but not with the 69's!  The problem with the 69 Sierra Match King on steel is they tend to disintegrate and not knock steel over especially if the steel has pockmarks from other bullet holes. That was the reason I went back to the M1-A in later years. 2 of my rifles are 223 and I's taken Red Deer and large numbers of rabbits here in NZ and ground hogs in the US. The one notable issue is lack of penetration of the 69's, from 50 to 250 yards they did not go through the ground hogs I shot instead they completely blew up in the hogs without exiting and were 100% kills on the spot. I found the Department of Defence letter stating that the SMK was no more frangible than the FMJ bullets in the M-118, 7.62 cartridge frankly laughable having taken whitetail with 190 SMK's in a 30-06.

Anyway after winning the NRA Long Range Championships 3 times and the Course rifle twice, I'm still shooting AR's here in NZ and they are now becoming a larger part of the gunsmithing business as time goes on. The days of the single shot target rifle are falling off quickly as is the art of prone iron sight shooting at long distance. IPSC which has 3 gun and multi gun events will play a part in the future development of advanced systems used to enhance the AR platforms. Additionally the New Zealand military recently adopted the M-110 system and the M-4 made by Lewis Machine as their official military firearms to replace the Steyr Augs that had been causing problems in the sand box.

Cheers from NZ

Outro:

ARP 142 - Host Round Table

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Welcome to Episode #142 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re talking about... We want to let you know that we are beginning 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.

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 - and new TSHIRTS!

Main Topic:

My Cerakoted Rifle is back from the shop.  I went to Gary at Armscoat Custom Finishes.  You can see more of his work on Instagram @acustomfinishes.

I received notice that my Huckleberry Patch has shipped from the Patriot Patch Co.

I am eagerly awaiting my Critical Precision Discreet Carry Case.

I just got myself a flare gun.

XProducts Can Cannon is now NFA - https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/killjoy-atf-slaps-conditional-nfa-restrictions-on-can-cannon/

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/06/daniel-zimmerman/gun-review-x-products-ar-15-can-cannon/

FIREClean Drama #canolagate

Froglube EXTREME CLP - http://www.recoilweb.com/new-froglube-extreme-hops-onto-the-arctic-scene-73539.html

Major complaint about Froglube has been gumminess at subzero temps, now they fixed it!

Fall is upon us.  Who’s made plans to do something that the heat of summer tends to disrupt?

EOTech problems identified by USSOCOM - http://soldiersystems.net/2015/09/30/ussocom-issues-safety-use-message-eotech-enhanced-combat-optical-sights-plus-goings/

New Keymod Railcovers from BCM on J.W.’s gun - http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/BCMGUNFIGHTER-KeyMod-Rail-Panel-Kit-black-p/bcm-kmr-rp-blk-5.htm

Tacticool22 Threaded barrel adapter for J.W.’s M&P 15-22 + Prodigy - http://www.amazon.com/15-22-Threaded-End-threaded-rifles/dp/B00HKV5H6E/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1443660363&sr=1-1&keywords=B00HKV5H6E

Colt - will they survive on their latest govt contract?

AR-15 3D Cutaway Map

http://www.tekmat.com/rifle-mats/ar-15/ar-15-3d-cutaway.html

Otis Technology:

August 30: David Dickerson

September 6: David Hibler

September 13: Stephen Carter

September 20: Thomas H. Jackson

September 27: Seth Mullins

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:

M Gonzlez:  Could you do some shows on different types of POU's for AR-15 builds?  I think for new people it might give them direction on what components to buy to achieve that type of POU.

loyal listener kiki.....:  I recently built an ar15 upper and wanted to make the smallest gas block possible. Installing a samson evolution free float rail! So i took the standard pinned ar15 front Sight and chopped it down...(included pic) figured the original metal pinned gas block would be Far stronger than any Aluminum clamp on gas blocks sold.  So far test fired 40 rnd thru it and it hasn't moved! Do u see any downsides to this mod? And comments would be nice! Thanks.

Outro:

ARP 141 - The 223 Wylde Chamber

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Welcome to Episode #141 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re talking about The .223 Wylde Chamber.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.

Main Topic: .223 Wylde

Bill Wylde - AR Gunsmith

Developed in 1984

Directly competed with match chamber Reamers like:

Mike Bykowski's (High-Performance Int'l)

Frank White's (Compass Lake Engineering)

Developed for 80 grain bullets

A Post By: Bill Wylde

Date: Thursday, 13 November 2003, at 8:46 a.m.

In Response To: Re: .223 Wylde

“The case dimensions of the Wylde reamer are that of one of the NATO prints. Not a thing tight about it. As I recall, there were two NATO prints in use. I don't recall the print number used, but do have it in old records somewhere.

Throating was about the only change. The decision was made to make the freebore diameter .2240" as a good bullet seal. That done, excess freebore made little difference to accuracy. One of the reasons the magazine length 69's shot so well in the chamber. It so happened that the 80 grain Sierra seated to the lands was about ideal at .2470" OAL. Simple luck.....All of it.

The initial reamer (designed in 1984) was mainly geared toward Canadian 5.56 ball, as I was experimenting with their issue ball for competitive purposes. This operation was slow in getting off the ground, and really didn't start happening until about 1990. The use of 5.56 NATO ball in Canada was a short lived affair. Handloads were allowed in about 1994.

Just prior to this time the AR's were gaining great strength in the U.S. The military finally got involved. The rest is history.

You might ask how the the 62 grain 5.56 ball worked for Canadian LR prone shooting to 1,000 yds? It was supersonic in barrels of 28", and longer. It also was very competitive with the 147 grain 7.62 ball in use there at the time. The wind drift differential at long range (7.62/5.56) was about 15% in favor of the 7.62.

Those days were very interesting.”

Otis Technology:

August 30: David Dickerson

September 6: David Hibler

September 13: Stephen Carter

September 20: Thomas H. Jackson

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:

Jonathan: Hey guys, great podcast, I've learned a lot in my short time listening to you.  I know that now and then you guys will do a podcast on a specific caliber AR, so I was wondering if you could do one on the .223 Wylde cartridge. I couldn't find where you've done this one yet, and from what I've read, it seems like this would be a really good chambering for an good all-around AR build.

joelfrederick:  Regarding the suggestion to have a supply of 20 round magazines…  Unfortunately the state I live in is "crazy" and limits us to 15 round limit.  Although I have some higher capacity magazines, I've grown to like the 10 round mags from Magpul.  The biggest reason is in bench shooting (or for that matter, something like Appleseed), 10 rounds is about all that is needed unless you really want to or have a reason to burn through a lot of ammo.  In the case of shooting at my local range, I've found that I can rest a 10 round mag on a bag or in a pinch, my forearm where a 20 or larger mag provides an unstable pivot point requiring a bipod.

Outro:

ARP 140 - Night Vision Devices

U.S. Army Cpl. Shaun Armstrong, of South Carolina, assigned to Focus Targeting Force, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, secures a landing zone during an air assault mission during Operation Champion Sword on Aug. 2, in the Khowst province, Afghanistan. Operation Champion Sword is a joint operation involving Afghan national security forces and International Security Assistance Forces and focused on specific militant targets and safe havens within Sabari and Terezai Districts of Khowst province in eastern Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Cpl. Shaun Armstrong, of South Carolina, assigned to Focus Targeting Force, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, secures a landing zone during an air assault mission during Operation Champion Sword on Aug. 2, in the Khowst province, Afghanistan. Operation Champion Sword is a joint operation involving Afghan national security forces and International Security Assistance Forces and focused on specific militant targets and safe havens within Sabari and Terezai Districts of Khowst province in eastern Afghanistan.

Welcome to Episode 140 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode we’re talking about how to see in the dark.

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.

Main Topic: Night Vision Devices

Featuring Ryan from Nightlong Industries

A little about Ryan

  1. Shooting background, flying in the Army
  2. Nightlong Industries - history, current business, product lines

What do we mean by Night Vision?

  1. Image intensification
  2. Tubes vs Digital
  3. IR light vs visible light
  4. Differences in generations
  5. Military-tech vs civilian-available equipment (Class 1 / 3 - 0.7mW / 15mW)

What devices have Night Vision capabilities

  1. NV Monocular - Armasight Ghost, PVS-14
  2. NV Goggles - PVS-7
  3. NV Binoculars - Sentinel, MOD-3
  4. NV Scopes - PVS-4, Legionnaire, PVS-24, CNVD-LR

Utilization

  1. On the rifle
    1. Dedicated scope
    2. Clip-on
    3. POI shift
    4. Magnification options
    5. On the head
      1. Helmet mounting
      2. Aiming considerations
        1. IR designator
        2. NV-setting on optic

Alternatives to traditional NV

  1. Thermal (FLIR) - Thermal units (X320/640, IR Hunter/Patrol)
  2. "3d" or color images - ‘Color NVG’

Buy/build/upgrade

  1. Build your own
  2. Sourcing parts
  3. Tube specs, ruggedness
  4. Housing systems
  5. Upgrading
    1. 10-33 program
    2. Buying off the shelf - manufacturers, brands
    3. Repairs / warranty
    4. Price ranges

What do we mean by Generation?

Gen 1 NV:  use an intensifier tube that amplifies ambient light by accelerating electrons and striking a phosphor surface just like a Television, Most Gen 1 equipment uses similar technology and thus image tube performance does not vary too much between similar Gen 1 products. What does make a performance difference in Gen 1 products is the quality of the lenses, the controls, and the devices’ design.

Gen 2 NV:add a micro-channel plate that multiplies the number of electrons before they impinge on the phosphor screen, thus increasing gain.

  • Gen 2+, Gen 2ST :  This is base quality Gen 2 that is a huge step up from Gen 1. Comparing base level Gen 2 to Gen 1 would be like comparing a motorcycle to a bicycle – they both have 2 wheels but that’s about it.  These image tubes will have more imperfections and lower performance than higher level Gen 2 gear. These are known as standard Gen 2 or standard tube.
  • Gen 2CGT, Gen 2MS : This  level  of Gen 2 is a good choice as they are cleaner and generally perform better than base Gen 2 but usually don't cost much more for the increase in quality. These are sometimes referred to as custom grade tubes or mil-spec grade.
  • Gen 2HPT, Gen 2HP : This is extremely good Gen 2 equipment. Big step up from the two lower grades of Gen 2 in performance, getting very close to Generation 3 performance. However the price of this high level of Generation 2 gets very close to some Gen 3 and with the much longer life expectancy of Gen 3 image tubes, the Generation 3 is often the better choice. This Gen 2 grade is called high performance tube or just high performance.

Gen 3 NV:further add a Gallium Arsenide photocathode which creates significantly more photoelectrons than Gen II night vision devices

  • Gen 3 : This gets you the real deal, Gen 3. These will usually have more imperfections/blemishes and lesser performance than the higher levels of Gen 3 however they still give great overall performance  and will last you about 10,000 hours plus, which is much longer than the lower generations.
  • Gen 3ST : These Gen 3ST image tubes are technically at the same grade level as Gen 3. However from what we have seen of these image tubes is that they tend to be a bit nicer in terms of less blemishes. These tubes are a great buy for low cost Gen 3 when available.  The only problem is, they are not autogated/pinnacle tubes.
  • Gen 3A : This is a better grade than standard gen 3. The image tubes will typically be clearer and they will usually come with image tube data test sheets (detailed test data on each image tube).
  • Gen 3P/Gen 3AG : These tubes are like Gen 3A tubes except that they have autogated power supplies. They allow for vastly superior performance in light polluted areas. This grade/type of image tubes is what's currently used by our US military and special forces. These are what we prefer to use as they work great in all lighting conditions, including dusk and dawn. These tubes are often referred to as Pinnacle or Autogated.
  • Gen 3 with HS : HS is our abbreviation for hand selected image tubes. This is an option that you will see on some of our  Generation 3 equipment. This is the absolute best in night vision equipment performance. Our hand select quality image tubes have a minimum Signal to Noise Ratio of 27 or higher and extremely good clarity. The Signal to Noise Ratio is the best indicator of how well the device will see in low light and the higher the number is the better. Less than 5% of Gen 3 image tubes meet our strict hand selected standards. These tubes are stronger and clearer giving  you better performance in low light, which in turn gives you longer distance capability. If you are looking for the absolute best  performance possible our Hand Select image tubes are it.

Gen 4 NV: (GEN 3 FILMLESS) GATED/FILMLESS TECHNOLOGY represents the biggest technological breakthrough in image intensification of the past 10 years. By removing the ion barrier film and “Gating” the system Gen 4 demonstrates substantial increases in target detection range and resolution, particularly at extremely low light levels.

This is a tricky one as technically there is not really a Gen 4 classification, according to the US Army. When it was initially introduced the US Army recognized the Gen 4 technology classification. However, after testing reliability and lifespan of the Gen 4 the Army determined that this technology did not meet their strict requirements and thus recanted the Gen 4 definition. So what does this mean for someone looking for the best equipment they can get. In terms of performance Generation 4 equipment is equivalent to or better than most Gen 3 autogated. However, the very nature of the 4th Generation technology makes it more prone to failures and reduces its life expectancy as compared to quality Gen 3 equipment. For our money we use HS (hand selected) Gen 3 autogated models. Although some people feel that Gen 4 gives a little better image, it is really a bit of a toss up and it often comes down to which unit has the better individual image tube.

Otis Technology:

August 23: Don Hall

August 30: David Dickerson

September 6: David Hibler

September 13: Stephen Carter

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:

Seth Mullins If you could talk about the clip on style night vision I would greatly appreciate it. I'm running a sightmark ghost hunter monocular with a clip on mount on my 1.5-6x32 scope. I've been told that mounting on the front will throw the zero off but when I mount it behind the scope the image quality is very poor. A rep from sightmark couldn't clarify and if anyone has experience with it, any info is awesome.

Mike Kyle It would be great to see a range of NV talked about from the budget minded guy to the guy who has the most toys wins type NV. I myself would love a decent priced piece that would allow me to snipe pests around my chicken coop @ 75 yds or less.

Outro:

ARP 139 - Project Build - Thoughts on an SBR

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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 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

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.

Feedback:

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 RMWxtreme.com.  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.

Outro:

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.

Outro:

ARP 137 - NonProfits from SHOT

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Welcome to Episode #137 of the AR15 Podcast. This week we’re going to hear from three different non-profit groups that are supporting our veterans on a daily basis, both here at home and abroad in the fight.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 - Non-Profits at SHOT 2015

Brian Gliba w/ Zeus @ Freedom Hunters

Freedom Hunters is a Military Outreach program dedicated to honoring those who protect our Freedoms. Our mission is to salute the noble work of our courageous men and women of our Armed Forces.  Freedom Hunters reflects the outdoor community's appreciation to our troops by taking: select active duty and combat veterans, families of fallen heroes, children of the deployed, as well as those wounded or injured, on outdoor adventures. Freedom Hunters mission is empowered by the generous support of many: sportsmen, conservation groups, state agencies, outfitters, corporations, and landowners.  

Dave Agata @ AmericanSnipers.org

AmericanSnipers.org has supported snipers and designated marksmen in over 1100 different PLATOONS of the United States military and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds and gear for US snipers in all branches of the armed forces. The program has received positive mention in major newspapers in the US and abroad, on several national television news networks and on countless radio broadcasts and internet blog sites. The National Defense Industrial Association awarded AmericanSnipers.org the Carlos N. Hathcock II Award for 2007. To our knowledge, we are THE ONLY non-profit organization actively helping to kill our enemies by proxy.

Debbie Lee @ America’s Mighty Warriors

Debbie Lee has been a leading spokesperson for the missions of U.S. troops fighting in the war on terrorism and for their families and families of the fallen. She founded a non-profit, America’s Mighty Warriors in response to her son’s last letter home.

Her son, Marc Alan Lee, was the first Navy SEAL to lose his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Marc, 28, was killed August 2, 2006 in a fierce firefight while on patrol against insurgents in Ramadi, Iraq.

Debbie Lee has toured the nation, speaking at pro-troop rallies, and helping to organize shipments of care packages to our troops serving overseas. She also made history as the first Gold Star Mother to enter the combat zone and visit the city where her son died. She spent Christmas 07 with the troops in Iraq thanking them and personally handed out 10,000 of the 226,000 Christmas cards collected on the ‘Honoring Heroes at the Holidays’ National Tour. Christmas 08 was spent with the troops in Guantanamo thanking them and sharing gifts and cards with them.

Her tireless love and support for our troops is reflected in the years of full-time volunteering as she stands behind those who have stood to defend her.

Otis Technology:

July 26: Doug Weddle

August 2: Joel Frederick

August 9: Joe Lautenschleger

August 16: Jones Foxx Jr.

August 23: Don Hall

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:

Craig on FB:

I have a Adams Arms AA15 Rifle that is gas piston. What cleaning kit do you recommend that will completely clean my rifle? I'm a newbie to the AR15 platform and I'm learning how to care for and operate this type of rifle. Can you do a show on the Adams Arms AA15 rifles? Please enter me in your Otis give away.

Tom Gonzalez - Slip 2000 Carbon Killer works well for me.

Otis MSR/AR Cleaning Kit: http://www.otistec.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=C0167D85867D48FDAB5410F70983C132

Jamie on FB:

Reed I'm waiting on my new upper! I bought a PSA 7.62x39 upper due this afternoon. Mags due in tomorrow. Any advice on this AR47 build? I'm anxious to get to the range and play. I'll have to take my Sig Sauer MPX-P with me, form one pending for SBR.

Reed - Feeding issues seem to be the biggest problems that plague the 7.62x39 chambering in an AR-15. These issues have been resolved in those lowers that are configured to use AK magazines. If your lower has the normal straight wall mag-well construction we are used to, you may have to try a variety of magazines to discover which one provides you with the most reliability

Outro:

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.

Outro: