AR-15 Podcast 220 - Be Prepared

Welcome to Episode #220 of the AR15 Podcast. Being Prepared  

Pre Order!!!! The Shirts!

What’s Up?

  1. Reed

  2. J.D.

  3. Anthony

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Being Prepared

What does it mean? DoomsDay Prepper? Is it normal?

Events… Mother Nature or Man Made.

Planning Food - Water - Shelter - Protection

Mind Set

Why an AR?

Which AR?

What would you take?



ARP 093 - Building an AR For When the SHTF


Welcome to Episode #093 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.  

Joining us tonight are special guests Peter Palma; Sam Azner host of the Guns of Hollywood Podcast; and J.W.’s good buddy Josh

Brownells helps make this show possible.

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Product of the Week:

Spool Tool


  1. Introductions & Background

- Movies and pop culture:The Road, RED DAWN (F this zombie shit) WWZ, Walking Dead, Red Dawn, Zombie ammo/shoots

- Real world: Hurricane Katrina type disaster on larger scale, Terrorism, Solar Flares,Pandemic

  1. Potential Situations

- For each of these are you going to:

a. Bug out: light-weight, cleaning/maintenance on the go, what can you carry, etc

b. Shelter in place: belt fed uppers(Ares Defense MCR), huge ammo pile, etc

- Pandemic - Ebola/killer flu/weaponized disease

- Zombies/Alien Invasion/REALLY?!

- Conventional War - Invasion by aggressor nation or organization like ISIS or North Koreans (we really mean the Chinese)

- Nuclear War - Nuclear Holocaust

- Terrorism - EMP/Dirty Bomb/Infrastructure attack

- Natural Disaster

- Local “Tragedies”

  1. SHTF Characteristics in an AR

- Reliability/KISS… OF GOOD QUALITY (no DPMS shit)

- Caliber/bullet weight

- Super tactical or low profile

- Light weight build or strength through weight

- Battery-free?

- Optic for targets from CQB to “longer” distance

- Thermal/NVG/IR lazer

- Piston/DI

- Hunting rifle for game (you can kill an elephant with a .22)

- Back up irons (must be zero’d - not the irish tactical youtube sensation)

- Master key or back up/secondary gun? (or an entire cache(“bug in”))

- Weapon light

- Suppressor

  1. Support gear

- Body armor / plate carriers

- Magazines (type and how many)

- Cleaning kit (uh, MSCLEAN)

- Sling

- Lube (FIRECLEAN!!!) Yeah FIRECLEAN is the best but I can’t say that

- Carbon scraper

- Spare parts: bolt, spring kit (where’s my MSCLEAN PARTS KIT PALMA!)... (Buy an empty case and make one before I do and make a profit on it.)

- Survival Rifle (Chiappa X-Caliber)

- M&Ms/cyanide pill/Scotch

  1. WROL

- Would you go full auto/SBR?

-Shave that disconnector off?

  1. Reality check - if this thing breaks you DIE so don’t be cheap
  1. Training.


Dan: I'm thinking about building an AR-10 .308 specifically for distance...up to about 1000 yards. Obviously money IS a major factor but not a total deal breaker. So, without mortgaging my house, what are the most important things I need to consider when buying parts? What are the absolute must have features? Barrel length? Optic power? Trigger?  Etc...Thanks

Steve:  A couple of comments on your SBR show.

1. Another option to build an SBR is to shorten an existing barrel once the stamp arrives. 2. Form 1s for silencers only require the length and caliper.  No plans or other documentation is required. Materials should be less than $100.  My 9mm form 1 silencer will require around $50 in materials.  A good resource for home builds is the silencersmithing forum on Silencer Talk ( 3. Stamp collecting is fun but not as cool when you efile and do not get an actual stamp on your approved form. 4. efile rocks.

2k4ranger: Hi I was wondering if you have any opinions or experience on the new dpms gen 2 line of ar's.I would love to get a 308 ar for deer hunting, and the gen2 hunter seems like what i want but since it's dpms and such a new design I'm not so sure about it.  As always awesome podcast can't wait till the next release.

Chad W:  Reed, Anthony, or that other guy, I listened to the last podcast on SBR's, great info for those beginners.  I did mine on a form 1 and it was super easy. When I sent the paperwork off as an individual, not a trust, it took 30 days from when I sent it in until the stamped, signed paperwork was back in my hand, back in the George W. days.  One of my suppressors on a form 4 a month later took 35 days. I have form 1'd a suppressor for a 9mm also. It is a little more complicated in that you have to give it a serial #, Overall length, and caliber.  You do not need to send plans on the type of internals you plan on using, just length an caliber.  You can not do anything on it until the stamp is returned approved, only planning.  You must also engrave it with MFG Name (me), Caliber, ser#, and model (if you gave it a model on the form 1).  If you do a show on mfg your own suppressors, I might be interested in helping out.

kiki:  hey guys, u need to do a show on ar15 9MM carbines....  they are fun as hell and train at half the cost of 5.56.....  i have a mp15 converted to shoot 9mm, with a cmmg upper.....lots of fun, and able to shot indoor ranges that  don't allow rifles calibers.......


ARP 024 - Welcome to the Apocalypse


Reed and Steve talk about AR-15 prepping, magazines and hit on the great 555/223 debate.

Welcome to episode #24 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m Reed Snyder with my special Co-host Steve, from Gun Guy Radio. This is THEE 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’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

The Network’s first theme week.  Prepping for the Apocalypse.

AR-15 Product of the Week:

M4 Maintenance Field Pack

Main Topic:Welcome to the Apocalypse

  • Keeping your black rifle running after the Apocalypse
  • Caliber choices for Armageddon
  • Considerations when stockpiling magazines for the Cataclysm
  • When all the batteries die after the Annihilation

How we are giving the AR-15 Build away

Updated Information for our Listeners

Ammunition Yaw and the Mk262 Mod 1

Listener Feedback:

John: I recently discovered your podcast and I think it's excellent. I was wondering if you guys have ever had the topic on your show about the controversial topic of firing 5.56 and .223? I understand that there is the same type of argument with 7.62 NATO and .308. I'm helping a friend with a build and this has become a big issue to him! It’s a very confusing subject and if you guys spoke of it I'm sure it would help many people understand what the real answer is.

Eric: AR-15 (First Build): Phase 5 Muzzle Brake,16" Mossberg 5.56  +1/7 Barrel, Areo Precision Upper Receiver, Advanced Tactical Solutions NiB BCG, BCM Gunfighter Mod4 Charging Handle, Red Jacket Lower Receiver, PSA LPK, Magpul CTR Buttstock, MOE Pistol Grip, Magpul AFG2, Magpul XTM Enhanced Rail Covers, Troy M4 Folding Battle Sights.

Glock 17: Polished Slide and Barrel and Pins, Extended Takedown Lever, Extended Slide Release, Maritime Spring Cups, TruGlo TFO Night Sights!

Myles:  Thank you Andrew!

I looked into north eastern arms and it looks like they don't just import to NZ, but what they import looks to be of much higher quality than the Bushmaster guns I had previously seen. They also don\'t look neutered excepting the lack of a collapsing stock and flashhider of course. But check out this little number.

Jake: Possible site for AR-15 parts...

Ronnie from Cincinnati: I really agree with the assessment that not enough attention has been paid to ammunition. I have listen to, read and watched a lot of NRA show coverage and little attention was focused there. Maybe you guys could get Federal, CCI, Winchester, etc. on the show to talk about the current state, future and innovation in that part of the industry. The regular shortages are what temper my enthusiasm for my guns. for new shooters, I feel really bad.

The other issue that makes sense to discuss has to do with your comments regarding innovation. Though I am fairly new to the AR field, I have learned that mil-spec is what everybody focuses on. Is that good? I think that is great, maybe for a combat rifle but I believe it could lead to a dumbing down of weapons, accessory and ammo innovation. With the traditional gun crowd, what percent would you expect would want the federal government to take the lead on anything? I understand that our military has to be the best but so is our Treasury Dept.-tons of smart people, and we have a great education system here in the states, but what of the Dept. of Education Also, the military sticks with the same stuff for inordinate periods of time due to the rigors, politics and money associated with the procurement system. Please consider having a Bravo Company or Colt person on with a non-milspec company like, I don't know Rock River to discuss. You mention that Adcor is innovative, bring them on to talk about it.

Anyway, I listen to all your episodes. Keep up the good work. I wear my Advanced Armaments tshirt regularly, thanks.

I look forward to meeting you next year in Indianapolis for my first NRA show. I already booked a room at the Hyatt.

Last question, did you see many African Americans enjoying the show? I am one and was just curious. It is no big deal because we are like everybody else, we are good guys and gals with guns too. In fact, I really like Mr Colion Noir's stuff on You tube.

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