AR-15 Podcast - Builders Series - Finishing the Build

Welcome to another episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode, by popular request, we continue our newest builders series. This week we focus on assembling the finishing out the build.

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Finishing the Build

  1. Function and Safety Checks

    1. Let the bolt go forward.

    2. Insert a mag and lock it into the mag well.

    3. Pull back smartly on the charging handle. The bolt should lock to the rear. If it does not, check the orientation of the magazine springs. Unlike most pistol magazines, the spring in most AR-15 mil-spec mags is attached to the follower and is difficult to orient backward. But, if it is humanly possible…

    4. Push the charging handle forward into the locked position.

    5. Push the magazine release button. The magazine should fall free under its own weight. If it does not, it could be due to either a bent magazine tube OR the magazine release catch has been screwed too far into the mag well. If you have the same problem with all of your mags, try backing off the catch arm one full turn and repeat the test.

    6. Slap the bolt release. The bolt should fly forward sharply and lock up into the rear of the barrel.

    7. Point the muzzle in a safe direction and put the safety on “Safe”. Pull the trigger, hard. Nothing should happen.

    8. Put the safety on “Fire”. Press the trigger. You should have a normal trigger press and hammer fall. Keep the trigger depressed.

    9. Rack the charging handle.

    10. Let the trigger go forward slowly until you hear and feel the very loud disconnector reset.

    11. Press the trigger again.

    12. Attempt to put the safety on “Safe”. With the hammer down on an AR-15 and variants, the safety cannot be put on safe.

 

  1. Accessorizing

    1. Aiming

      1. Iron Sights

      2. Optics

      3. Lasers

      4. Lights

      5. Cheek riser

      6. Offset rails/sights

    2. Slings

      1. Rail QD Connections

      2. Slings

      3. Endplates

    3. Manipulation

      1. Controls:

        1. BAD

        2. Ambi

        3. Push button safety

      2. Foregrip/handstop

      3. Bipod/Monopod

      4. Magazine pulls

 

 

  1. Hitting the range

    1. Zeroing the rifle

 

 

    1. Assessing accuracy

    2. Troubleshooting: Wing Tactical Link

      1. Failure to Feed / Chamber

        1. Magazine problems: Most common malfunction source stemming from improperly seated magazines, spring issues, & follower issues.

        2. Buffer spring problems: Spring problems or improper buffer weight issues.

        3. Defective rounds/ammunition borne malfunction: set back, stubbed rounds, bad primers, ammunition stuck.

      2. Brass Over Bolt (Bolt Override)

      3. Failure to Feed b/c Dirt, Debris, and Fouling: Short Stroke

      4. Failure to Fire: look to the firing pin

      5. Failure to Extract

        1. Short Recoil – see the section above on short stroke due to dirt, debris, and fouling.

        2. Fouled or Corroded Chamber – Inspect and clean, then determine if the chamber is damaged or safe to return to service. If it is damaged, the barrel will need to be replaced.

        3. Weak or Broken Extractor Spring – replace spring that is no longer serviceable.

      6. Failure to Eject - Most of the time this malfunction is caused by:

        1. Short stroking (we covered short recoil earlier); or

        2. Fouling or corrosion of the chamber which causes friction on extraction throwing off extraction and ejection functions.

OUTRO:

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AR-15 Podcast - Builders Series- Assembling the Upper Receiver

Welcome to another episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode, by popular request, we continue our newest builders series. This week we focus on assembling the Upper Receiver.

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Assembling the Upper Receiver

  • Considerations
    • Materials
      • Grades of Aluminum
      • Coatings
    • Construction
      • Forged
      • Billet
    • Form
      • A1
      • A2
      • A3 (flat top)
  • Preparing the upper
    • Inspecting
    • Cleaning
    • Honing
      • Brownells - AR-15/M16 Upper Receiver Lapping Tool
  • Installing the upper receiver components
    • Is there an order
    • Protecting the lower
    • Interesting solutions and shortcuts 
  • Installing the Barrel
    • Anti-seize 
    • Loctite
    • Torque Specifications
      • Minimum Torque: 35 ft/lbs
      • C = (D(A+B))/A (A=length of wrench from center of handle to center of drive; B=length from center of drive to center of extension; C=wrench setting; D=desired torque applied to fastener)
    • Alignment (indexing pin/and cutout)
    • Alignment of the barrel nut.
    •  Brownells - Barrel Nut Alignment Gauge
  • Gas Block/Gas Tube
    • Aligning the Gas Block
    • How to secure the Block
    • Drifting in the Roll Pins
  • Handguards
    • Barrel Nut
    • Material
    • Features
    • Accessory attachment points 
  • Bolt Carrier Group   
    • Proper Gas Key installation
    • Materials
    • Coating
    • Low mass/proprietary
  • Muzzle Device
    • Washer
    • Indexing
       

OUTRO:

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AR-15 Podcast - Builders Series- Assembling the Lower Receiver

Welcome to another episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode, by popular request, we continue our newest builders series. This week we focus on making sure you have all the parts you need and discuss some of the considerations when selecting them.

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Assembling the Lower Receiver

  1. Considerations

    1. Materials

    2. Aesthetics

    3. Construction

    4. Machining

  2. Preparing the lower

    1. Deburring

    2. Inspecting

    3. Cleaning

  3. Installing the lower parts kit

    1. Is there an order?

    2. Protecting the lower

    3. Interesting solutions and shortcuts

  4. Installing the stock and grip

    1. Fixed vs Adjustable

    2. Buffer extension

    3. Buffer

    4. Buffer Springs

 

OUTRO:

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AR-15 Podcast - Builders Series- Parts Checklist

Welcome to another episode of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode, by popular request, we continue our newest builders series. This week we focus on assembling your lower receiver.

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Preparing our Parts Checklist

Upper Receiver

Receiver

7075, 6061

Flat Top vs handle

Forward assist

Deflector

Matching

Upper receiver parts kit

Ejection port cover

Forward assist

Barrel

Gas Block/Front Sight Assembly

Twist

Lining/Coating

Length

Chamber

Gas Block

Adjustable/or not

Profile

Attach

Gas Tube

Barrel Nut

Handguard

2 piece

Free floating

Bolt Carrier Group

Coating

Weight

QC

Charging Handle

Muzzle Device

Lower Receiver

Receiver

LPK

Triggers

Trigger Guard

Safety Selector

Magazine Release

Bolt Catch

Takedown Pins

Custom items

Bolt catch pins

Anti walk pins

Receiver extension/Buffer tube

Buffer

Buffer Springs

Stock

Custom Items

Twang Buster

Receiver Wedge

Grips

Accessorizing

Sights

Optics

Sling

Paint/Coatings

Case/Bag

Magazines

Ammunition

 

OUTRO:

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AR-15 Podcast 221 - Today's Trends - Past, Present & Future Builds

Welcome to Episode #221 of the AR15 Podcast.  Tonight we talk about Today's Trends and the evolution of our builds.

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What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. J.D.

  3. Graham  

What have you built for me lately…?

J.D.

  • 5.56 SBR Aero Upper and Lower

  • LWRC Ultra Compact Stock Kit

  • Faxon 10.5 Pencil Barrel - Group Buy on AR15.com Canceled

  • SA Adjustable Gas Block  

  • F-1 Firearms C7K Contoured Handguard

  • SX3 BCG

  • Wisconsin Trigger Company

.308

  • Aero Builders Set

  • 18", MEDIUM TAPERED, .308 WIN, RIFLE-LENGTH, 416-R STAINLESS QPQ - Faxon

  • Magpul PRS

  • Glass is up in the air

  • Aero Nickel Boron Bolt Carrier Group, Complete

6.5. Creedmoor

  • Aero Builders Set

  • Luth-AR MBA-1 adjustable stock

  • Aero - Bolt Carrier Group, Complete - Black Nitride

  • Aero Enhanced LPK

Future….. Brownells M16a1 Clone… NFA Side Charging 9mm or .308  

Reed

6.5 Grendel -

  • Aero Builder’s Set

  • Brownells Barrel/Bolt

  • Troy BUIS

  • Syrac Ordnance Low Pro Gas Block

  • Magpul Furniture

  • Trifecta Suppressor Mount

  • Geisselle Trigger (

  • Strike Industries Accessories

  • Magpul Rail Accessories

.357 Sig SBR -

  • Quarter Circle 10

  • YHM MR7 Handguard

  • Crimson Trace LinQ

  • Magpul BUIS

  • Magpul Stock/Grip

6.5 Creedmoor -

  • SWFA SS

  • 20 MOA Rail

  • American Defense Mount

Future…. .243 AR

Graham

Incomplete SBR

F1 firearms set

Seekins Precision 9” handgaurd

Seekins safety, mag release

LWRC ultra compact stock

LWRC charging handle (ambi)

SX3 BCG chrome lined and treflon coated

CMC Lantac 3.5lb trigger

Feedback:

Ben S: Hey guys! I love the show, but you are fueling my addiction. I am starting an aero build inspired by your advice. My question is how far can I veer from aero parts. Is it ok to use a BCM bolt or an FN barrel? I'm sure you guys covered this at some point so I hope I'm not asking a repetitive question. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Keep up the fantastic work!!!!!

Dustin B: I just finished hiking the Appalachian Trail (2189.8 miles) and learned so much from you guys along the way. I finished the trail 2 weeks ago and have already built my first AR. I'd love to send you guys a pic, but I'm not sure how. Show some love to the Corps.....Reed. Semper-Fi. Gunny

Outro:

AR-15 Podcast 209 - First Time AR-15 Build

Welcome to Episode #209 of the AR15 Podcast. On this episode JD, Reed, Anthony and Michael talk about what they’d do with a first time build now that they have a little experience.

Support the show at firearmsradio.tv

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

Clear the Air:

1. Reed:  Buying lights for the gun safe.

2. JD: Concealment Solutions - Merica

3. Anthony: Too much traveling

4. Michael: Getting some range

Our thanks to JWB Military & Brass for sponsoring tonight's main topic.  Go to JWBmilitary.com and use promo code ARP10 for 10% off of quality once fired military reloading brass, AR-500 steel targets, and much much more.

Main Topic:

Michael

Anthony

Aero Lower- Brownells $59.99

Aero Assembled Upper Receiver- Brownells $99.99

PSA Lower Build Kit- PSA $89.99

PSA BCG- PSA $99.99

Brownells 16” Midlength Barrel- Brownells $84.99

Brownells Gas Block- Brownells $19.99

Brownells Mid Length Gas Tube- Brownells $9.99

Brownells A2 Flash Hider- Brownells $5.99

Brownells Charging Handles- Brownells $19.99

Aimsports 10" M-Lok Handguard- Primary Arms $76.00

Magpul MBUS Sight Set- Brownells $93

Total- $659.91

JD

AERO PRECISION STRIPPED LOWER RECEIVER GEN 2- BLEM W/ AERO LPK - $80

AERO PRECISION AR15 STRIPPED UPPER W/UPPER PARTS KIT - $55

BROWNELLS - B-TAC AR-15 5.56 BARRELS $84.99

Aero Precision AR15 Enhanced Free Float Handguard Rail - GEN 2 - Black + BAR Barrel Nut $129.90

BATTLE ARMS DEVELOPMENT INC. - M16 BOLT CARRIER GROUP $135

BROWNELLS - AR-15 GAS BLOCK NITRIDE $19.99

BROWNELLS - AR-15 GAS TUBES BLACK NITRIDE $8.99

MISSION FIRST TACTICAL, LLC - AR-15 BATTLELINK MINIMALIST STOCK COLLAPSIBLE MIL-SPEC $49.99

BROWNELLS - AR-15/M16 MIL-SPEC BUFFER TUBE ASSEMBLY $39.99

BUSHNELL OUTDOOR PRODUCTS - TROPHY 1X25 TRS-25 3 MOA RED DOT-CR2032 BATTERY $88.99

BROWNELLS - AR-15 A2 FLASH HIDER 22 CALIBER 5.99

Reed:

PSA Build Kit 399.99

Noreen Lower Receiver 42.99

A.R.M.S. Inc. folding polymer set 84.99

ASAP Sling Adapter 22.59

Magpul MS3 Sling 47.45

Magpul M2 P-Mag 3 x 9.49 28.47

American Eagle 90 rnds; 5.56mm; 62 gr 43.99

Range Fee 10.00

Lunch 15.00

Gas 4.53

Total 700.00

Outro:

ARP 070 - Useful Accessories for the MSR

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Welcome to Episode #070 of the AR15 Podcast.  I'm your host Reed Snyder and with me today are my co-hosts Anthony Hardy and J.W. Ramp. 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.

We are looking for volunteers able to do Video Editing for the AR-15 Podcast

Brownells helps make this show possible.  

Don’t forget that Brownells is there for you anytime you make a mistake, like when Jake shoots a take-down pin detent across his avocado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

Brownells Item of the Week: Badger Ordnance Tactical Latch

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

Amazon affiliate link: http://www.ar15podcast.com/amazon

Tip of the Week:

Let your moments of difficulty and frustration in operating and running your rifle to guide your search for useful add ons.

Main Topic:  Useful AR-15 Accessories

 Making operation faster/easier/more reliable (pick two) with parts that are not replacements/upgrades or differ in function enough to make the cut.

**Remember to Locktite as necessary

Listener Feedback:

Ian K:  I like to congratulate you on another great podcast!

Optics pt.1 and 2 were amazing!

I really felt like I got drunk with a bunch of my buddies and argued, and swore and had a great time, and got to really get some in depth perspective from guys that really use the tools. Every time It felt like the show was ending, you’d go on for twenty more minutes, just great!

Please more show like that, for those of us who love the combat aspects of the AR platform, this episode was absolutely invaluable.

Is it possible to email any of the guys, I love the ACOG, and have some reticle questions.

Again, great job, love the show, and I’m so glad I discovered the podcast.

Rob:  Hi, Very interesting to read in the Apr 2014 AR- American Rifleman a fairly positive review of the cheap BSA red dot. ($72. Amazon).

I had looked at these as a cheap 10/22 red dot or a cheap 1st AR build Red Dot. Told they were just for air-soft.

So guess they're not just for airsoft guns as soooooooooooooooooooooooo many experts have told me.

Hey, And I love the name....BSA Birmingham Small Arms.

Thanks...Rob

Ian K:  Reed and Co.,

I’ve finally caught up with all the episodes,

love the show, love the guests and love your commitment to the platform! Great job so far.

What I don’t love is that even after going through all the shows, you have barely mentioned Noveske Rifleworks!

John Noveske got his reputation not making accessories but highly accurate AR barrels! Now they produce a highly refined product with an excellent reputation.

You guys spent ten minutes discussing how great the Key-mod system is and never mentioned Noveske co-developed the open source design with Vltor.

I knew that when I got to ep. 50,  High End AR15s that would all change. Nope, only a brief aside, that’s it.

Is there some industry bias?

Anyway, not to unload on you, otherwise keep up the good work.

Rob:

Did I miss the CHROMED AR? As in shiny pistol.

Have you done a show or discussed ALL Polymer ARs? Poly Uppers & Lowers.

Have you covered angled vs. rail mounted back up sights?

Have you covered the AR .410 upper? It works sounds like a blast as a plinker!! Maybe cheaper to shoot, kid perfect, & less worry about what's downrange?

PS, Hey GUYS don't you know any AR-15 GALS as co-hosts? NOW is gonna be after Y'all!! LOL

Outro:

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