ARP 133 - SHOT Show Interviews

Welcome to Episode #133 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m pulling a few interviews from the SHOT 2015 archive to share with you, because we didn’t get a chance to listen to them this winter and on the last show, Rob mentioned some of the cool stuff that Sword International was up to. We want to let you know about a new source of cool products!  Go to  http://patriotpatch.co/ to pre-order the Huckleberry patch and buy FRN stickers.

Main Topic

SWORD International, McCarran, NV

Rob, Production Manager

Craig “Sawman” Sawyer

Navy SEAL Sniper

5 Seasons of Top Shot

Operator Suppression Systems

Sean Buchanan

1st SFG, Sig Sauer

Otis Technology:

May 25: @msr300blk

May 31:  Billy W. - @bigbiller on Instagram

June 7: Chris Inouye

June 14: David Michaelson

June 21: Daniel McElwain

June 28: Rick Rasnic

July 5: Roger Morris!

July 12: Jesse Losey

July 19: Luis Chavez

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:

Erik Olsen is running a fundraiser for Camp Hope at the Chris Neal Farm by selling Disabled Vet Patches online.

Camp Hope is dedicated to honoring the fallen by helping the wounded. Created by Gold Star parents, William "Mike" and Galia White, the 170-acre farm located 70 miles southeast of Lambert-St. Louis Airport in Missouri, was created to honor the memory of their son. Pfc Christopher Neal White, a 23-year-old Marine, was tragically killed in action in Al Anbar, Iraq on June 20, 2006.

Camp Hope provides FREE outdoor adventures to combat wounded veterans of the War on Terror and active-duty combat-wounded Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors.

The mission of Camp Hope is to allow wounded warriors the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities with dignity - to not think about what they "can't" do, only to think what they want to do. Soldiers can shoot skeet, hunt turkey and deer, fish, hike, explore the country, or relax around the ever-burning firepit.

More than 42,000 Soldiers have been wounded in the War on Terror. Camp Hope is committed to letting them heal through nature. Since 2007, dozens of Soldiers - male and female, representing all branches of the military, from across the country, have experienced, enjoyed, and sought solace at Camp Hope.

@Bigbiller on Instagram:

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ARP 111 - From the 2015 SHOT Show Floor #1

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Welcome to Episode #111 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host J.W. Ramp and with me tonight is my co-host Anthony Hardy and a special guest co-host, Sarah Yarbrough - known online as Lead Head Red and @seyarb0816 on Instagram.  This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. Brownells helps make this show possible.

Don’t forget that Brownells, with their 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee, is there for you anytime you have a problem, like when you can’t remove the taper pins from your new barrel to slip off the front sight base and you now have to find a new barrel.

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

Main Topic:

Thoughts from SHOT

-Products, people and parties

-Industry day at the range

SHOT Show Interviews

-US Optics

-Magpul (Tim Roberts - Product Design + Caylen Wojcik - Magpul CORE)

The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

Congrats to Hunter, our second giveaway winner!

Feedback:

@dhcave: These things go together too fast. It's the time spent building these rifles that I enjoy the most. I need MOAR parts!

@marsh.rhodes:

Put the AR on a diet. Loving the new look and feel!

Outro:

ARP 108 - Mega Arms #2

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Welcome to Episode #108 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me tonight are my regular 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. Brownells helps make this show possible.

Don’t forget that Brownells, with their 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee, is there for you anytime you have a problem, like when you can’t remove the taper pins from your new barrel to slip off the front sight base and you now have to find a new barrel.

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

SHOT Show Announcements:

Listener Meet and Greet is On!!!

Tuesday Night, January 20th, in Las Vegas

The Bellagio Las Vegas

PETROSSIAN BAR  8:00

Main Topic:

Reed, Anthony, J.W. and J.W.’s best half, Sarah Ramp, join us to interview Jason Curns, Firearms Manager, Mega Arms.

-Overview of MEGA’s business

-Highlights from 2014 (move, sales, new product lines)

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-New products

--Slide Lock Charging Handle (no latch?!)

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--Barrels, Calibers (300blk, 6.5CM)

--Standalone handguard (Wedgelock - M-Lok)

--Boltgun chassis

--Next week at SHOT (surprises, ermagerd!)

--Booth #31000 (LE Ballrooms, upstairs)

--Grey Ghost Precision also in the booth

The AR-15 Giveaway Winner:

Hunter Carr

Feedback:

Shayne’s Dad:  Speakpipe Feedback

Ben W: New rear elevation adjustable iron sight from magpul

https://www.facebook.com/magpul/posts/907698735909143:0

Jared T: You asked for Dremel pics. Here is

Dremel Beginner level 1: BAD lever not fitting bolt catch. Use sanding drum to sand around the bolt catch until it does. Pretty easy. You mess up..... Cheap to replace.

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After

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Vahnta: Great show as always. Thanks for the work you put in on it every week.

Outro:

ARP 058 - SHOT Show 2014 - Post Show Impressions

Reed and Derek talk about SHOT Show 2014 and what we can take away from it all.

Welcome to Episode #058 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is Derek Miller. 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.

Otis Ripcord Giveaway

For times in the field when you just can’t reach your Otis cleaning system and need a quick and effective clean – reach for the Ripcord®. This convenient tool cleans from Breech-to-Muzzle® in one quick and easy pass. The molded rubberized core and Nomex® fibers together create a more effective way to trap and remove fouling.

Winner:  Kirby K.

Hi Reed, I thought I would send you a picture of my first build.  Rock River Arms lower, Spike's lower parts kit, Spike's buffer and stock, Ice Arms upper, Ice Arms EXO NiB M-16 BCG, Gryphon Trading 16" 1x8 twist SS barrel, Diamondhead hand guard and flip sights and finally a Troy Medieval muzzle break.  I enjoy listening to the show. Thank you for all the good insight (and bad). Enter me in any contests you might be running.

Brownells helps make this show possible.  

They are there for you anytime you make a mistake, like when Jake shoots a spring across the room into his lime green shag carpet.

Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/ar15parts

Tip of the Week:  USMC Competition in Arms Program. Some matches open to civilian participants. Register through the Weapons Training Battalion point of contact at each base’s host range (Stone Bay at Lejeune). You can find the order online with dates and contact info. I’ll e-mail in a copy that can be posted tomorrow.

Main Topic:

FNH - FN-15

EoTech - Battery Cap Replacement Laser

Robinson Arms XCR

Rock River Arms LAR 47

Desert Tactical Arms - MDR

Tactical Fire Control - 3MR 3rd Mode Trigger

Miller Precision Armament 300 Guardian

Trijicon VCOG

Magpul AK mags

Remington R-51

 Listener Feedback:

Tony D: Hi, I just started listening to your podcast yesterday and find it very informative and can't wait to listen to the past shows.  I am new to the AR world so this is a great resource for me. I was wondering if you dropped by the Black Rain Ordnance booth yet and checked out their AR 10s or 15s?  Just wondered what were your thoughts or opinions on what they have to offer.

Thanks

Chris: Reed, Just wanted to say I really am enjoying the podcasts.  Generally good information and it appears you and your multiple co-hosts/guests have fun at it.

Had a question for you, You've said in the past and I agree, that most of the AR15 accuracy comes from the barrel and then from a good trigger system.  How much improvement do you think a billet receiver adds over a forged receiver if any?  Is the increase cost, generally at least 2x+, over a forged receiver worth it and do you have any idea how much it can add to the accuracy.  Or is it mostly a "bling" addition on the part of the buyer/builder?

Thanks and keep up the podcasts.  I especially liked the 2 part scope podcasts with the variety of input and comments by all of the participants.

Thanks,

Eric F: I've got a question, I finished building my 5.56 AR-15 lower and purchased a stripped upper receiver only to find a complete upper at a decent price so I purchased it. Now here\' my question what are my other caliber options that will work with a standard stripped upper receiver? Yes I'm aware I would need a  matching barrel, bcg, and caliber specific Mag as well but what are my other caliber options since I have an extra standard stripped upper receiver lying around?

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ARP 057 - SHOT Show: Media Day at the Range 2014

Reed and Jake share their impressions of the NSSF SHOT Show Media Day at the range 2014

Welcome to Episode #056 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is our old host and Producer Jake Challand. 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.

Otis Ripcord Giveaway

For times in the field when you just can’t reach your Otis cleaning system and need a quick and effective clean – reach for the Ripcord®. This convenient tool cleans from Breech-to-Muzzle® in one quick and easy pass. The molded rubberized core and Nomex® fibers together create a more effective way to trap and remove fouling.

Brownells helps make this show possible.  

  • They are there for you anytime you make a mistake, like when I shoot a spring across the room into my lime green shag carpet.
  • Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/ar15parts

Tip of the Week:  

No tip of the week this week, but if you want to be a co-host on the AR-15 Podcast, send in an audition tape to Jake and me at Jake@firearmsradio.tv  and  reed@ar15podcast.com

Main Topic:

Shot Show 2014

Tavor Bullpup

Miller Precision Arms

Sharps Rifle Company

Lancer 7.62/308 AR-10 Magazines

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ARP 056 - Anticipating Shot Show

Reed discusses what he is anticipating from Shot Show 2014

Welcome to Episode #056 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and solo tonight. 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.

Otis Ripcord Giveaway

For times in the field when you just can’t reach your Otis cleaning system and need a quick and effective clean – reach for the Ripcord®. This convenient tool cleans from Breech-to-Muzzle® in one quick and easy pass. The molded rubberized core and Nomex® fibers together create a more effective way to trap and remove fouling.

Winner: Rob L.

Hi, ARP-O54 feedback.....1st time AR assembler Greg P asked...."How do I know if my build is safe to fire"?  I'm finally working on my 1st AR....(thanks to the great encouragement & info from AR-15 podcasts)......As a newbie I've been told to have the "headspace" checked by a pro gunsmith before using the long shoe string. I believe ARP has discussed checking headspace in the past.

Looking forward to the NEXT ARP!!!

BTW....Are you still doing the Otis Ripcord Giveaway?

PS...What happened to Jakes AR Blog assembly videos? I've seen 3?

Brownells helps make this show possible.  

They are there for you anytime you make a mistake, like when Jake shoots a spring across the room into his shag carpet.

Shop for AR-15 parts at Brownells.  Go to: ar15podcast.com/ar15parts

Tip of the Week:

No tip of the week this week, but if you want to be a co-host on the AR-15 Podcast, send in an audition tape to Jake and me at Jake@firearmsradio.tv  and  reed@ar15podcast.com

Main Topic:

Shot Show 2014

Ten Things I am looking forward to seeing at Shot Show

1. FNH AR-15

2. Mega Arms - Shot Show Surprise

3. Tactical Fire Control - 3MR  Trigger System

4. Remington 2020

5. Left Handed 1911 (Cabot)

6. Advanced Ballistics Concepts - Multi-segmented Bullet

7. Where the AR platform is trending

8. Magpul

9 SIG Sauer’s Shot Show Reveal

10. Remington R-51

Listener Feedback:

Brent Weber:  hi guys.  I have about caught up with the back catalog but am not looking forward to the 2+ hr Christmas episode. I am interested in a 7.62x39 ar15 rifle. I want this strictly for the ammo cost since this round is much cheaper than the 223. Several companies make this rifle and I am interested in the Bushmaster A3M4 Patrolman. What would I be getting myself into with this rifle or one like it? What are the pros and cons to this type of platform or would I be better off going to a Sig 556r or AK?

Love the show and if you are giving anything away, please sign me up.

Thanks,

Steve C:  Reed- Great show and a perfect way to start the new year! High bar to set though. I listen to up to 9 podcasts a week and the ar15podcast is my favorite.

I have a question. I have a basic, mil spec AR all Magpul furniture and I want to begin upgrades at some point. Have the Magpul rear sight and fixed A2 front sight. In your opinion, what should my next two upgrades be... trigger, BCG? My gut tells me trigger since that the one thing that will help with a more controlled break.

Keep up the great work! And please, enter my name in this weeks Otis giveaway.

Steve C:  best wishes tony on your new opportunity! will miss hearing from you.

Reed.. has there been a show discussing components that commonly fail in the ar? perhaps what to be looking for as trouble signs? i just started listening to the podcast in the past couple of weeks and have hear all of the ones that are available with the exception of a couple....

is there a location that i can down load the first dozen and a half shows?

really enjoy the podcast and look forward to hearing more.

and finally... please enter me in the otis give away.

steve c

Nathan:  Good morning.  Just finished listening to your last 2 optics podcasts.  It is great to listen to Marines argue about optics. . .and breaking stuff.  Super show!

First, I wish the "marksman"(Nate, I think) could have been there for part 2.  It seemed like the short/normal range guys got lost a bit talking long range.(especially FFP vs SFP. . .you have to edit that out when someone is just making shit up!)  I wish they could could have explained a bit better why they liked what they liked.  Just because a Marine can break an optic doesn't make it bad.  Marines can break ANYTHING when they put their mind to it!  Wish they could have really dug into the optics side a bit.  ACOG's have good glass. . .It needs said.  S&B, US Optics and Nightforce have great glass.

Interesting comments about Vortex.  I have always thought them good, but not really good.  I have shot their high end scope and frankly it was hard to look through for more than 5 min at a time. . .something off a bit.  I refocused the reticle and side focus properly, but it was still ouchy!  Maybe I try again.

I really liked their Leupold comments.  Sure, a Mark 4 is a decent optic, but obviously not really built for hard use.  Wish they would have quantified this a bit more.  I guess they did talk about failing a box test.  Actually, Leupolds are know by target shooters as having suspect turrets, also!

I was super surprised to not hear like a 20 min rant about mirage!  Doesn't Iraq and Afganistan have killer mirage! Heck Montana has brutal mirage!  That is one of the main reasons not to shoot on like 20x at 1000 yards!

Liked the triangle concept.  Although, my triangle is more like Optical quality, Reasonable Cost, and Magnification.  You can't have all three, but you can balance the 3 with some sense of mission or purpose.

Liked them bringing it down to real for AR's. . .As in AR's are a 550 yd max rifle, if something other than paper is on the other end!

In their under $400 optics blow off discussion. . .Sure wish they dug in a bit there!  I get that blister pak scopes are unusable and $200 optics are hit and miss. . .but there are some real hits!  Burris E1, Vortex Strikefire and SPARC, Nikon Monarch. . .

I've blabbed to much, so now I need to look for your next show.

Zachary Brown:  This was hands down the best show yet. Information and entertainment wise. I agree about starting with good iron sights. I am a fan of troy. I use a flip up rear because it fits behind optic and a fixed HK style in the front. I like the super quick line up of the circles of the HK front with rear 0-200 aperture. The 200-400 aperture and front sight post make tiny groups and can bang a 12" gong no problem past 200 yards shooting off hand. The new magpul mbus pro are another good option. I run a 3x compact Acog with Larue single throw mount. It is such an amazing durable optic. Very alaska proof, super quick to get on target. I would certainly trust my life on it. I have the orange chevron reticle. I can put in on target out to 300 quickly and accurately. One of you all said something about .308 acogs. Mine quite interestingly will go on my 18" DSA Arms FAL with picatinny dust cover and shoots almost the same zero as my AR15. FAL is no where near as accurate as my AR but it punches holes like crazy on an IPSC target all day. Not sure how that is possibly but it is. I also have an older 1x trijicon acog reflex. It is a very durable red dot type sight except that it also has the orange chevron reticle so I guess it isn\'t a red dot. I agree 100% that the crazy high power magnification is asinine on an AR. It is a close to medium range round cartridge. I would love to put the VCOG on my next build. 1-6 with acog durability should be perfect. 6x is all you need. My longest kill shot ever was 450-500 yards on a Caribou with a .375 HH loaded with lighter bullets with a 4x fixed optic in about -20 below. Caribou dropped instantly. I have made plenty of 300 yard properly placed shots in Alaska on lots of various critters with various calibers with 2-7 and 3-9 Leupold scopes. I agree they are overpriced now but years ago a VX2 was a damn good affordable option. The vortex line of optics rock. The spark and strikefire are damn good red dots for the money. I don't know how bomb proof they are compared to aimpoint and eotech but they are good solid optics. A friend has the red/green dot strikefire on his AR. It has held up well. I also recently got the Nikon p223 3x 32 that I mounted on my 10/22 takedown actually. I also plan on running it on my tactical solutions ar22 m4 upper when I get some warne quick detach mounts. It is clear and solid has BDC and nice positive click turrets. I chose it because of compact size and no need for anything more than 3x that is the same as my acog on my main go to Ar15. I got it on sale for 100 bucks before Christmas. I will give a report after an Alaska winter of banging it around. The p223 and m223 are good scopes for the money. I don't think they are as good as the vortex in the same price but they are good quality. By the way is vortex made in the US? one thing you all didn't hit was people also buying high dollar or low dollar optics and then using crap mounts not properly locktited down. I have seen lots of scopes die and not able to shoot the broadside of a barn because of crap mounts and people not using locktite. want an Alaska gun enthusiast who is fairly knowledgeable on AR's to BS with on the show let me know.

David:  No hate mail here - one of the best episodes yet (at least one of the funniest!).  Nice to hear the perspectives and real world experiences of your fellow Marines.  As per usual, I just thought I'd help add to the fact-pile.  Mythbusters conclusively confirmed that the round Carlos Hathcock fired indeed could very well have gone through the Russian scope the Viet Cong sniper was using at the time.  Whether or not a shot like that could be made (unless by dumb luck), is another question.  As to the AR-10 / .308AR being unreliable and unable to function as well as a FN SCAR H - the general feeling is look no further that LaRue Tactical's OBR.  If weight is a concern, see their "PredatOBR".  It is like the S&B of the 308AR world - yours if you have the cash and can wait for one.  LMT's MWS is another, if budget is of concern and you don't want to build your own GA Precision's GAP-10 & Crusader Weaponry's Broadsword or Longbow.  The list goes on....  All can be had for about the same price as a SCAR H, maybe a little more, until you get into the upper tier.  They weight about the same (depending on barrel, etc.) perhaps a pound more.  Plus, like the AR15 there is a ton more aftermarket lego fixtures for it compared to the SCAR.  FYI I am interested in finding that 150 dollar Chinese acog. Did you have a link?

Thanks for letting me ramble keep up the great show. Thank all you Marines for your service. If you ever

Cheers,

DRD

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