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First AR w/Pics

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by shoggoth80, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. shoggoth80

    shoggoth80 Greater Seattle Area Member

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    Hey all,
    After a bit of personal debate, I decided that I wanted to get an AR rifle. The logic stems from:

    Ammo availability
    Parts availability

    Basically as far as a defensive/SHTF gun, this seems to be about the most common denominator...especially around western WA. There are many military establishments, and just about any law enforcement uses it. Ammo is readily available in every shop that I frequent. Parts interchange relatively well. Also, the ballistic performance of the round seems to be better than what the relatively small caliber would have you believe. Just seemed like a good choice.

    Anyway, the particulars are:
    Aero Precision lower purchased from Surplus Ammo
    the lower has a DPMS LPK, sans buttstock
    RRA buffer tube
    basic spring
    carry handle I traded for
    Spike's Tactical M4 carbine upper which has:
    5.56 chamber
    chrome lining
    chromed BCG
    M16 carriers
    Flat top upper
    Carbine hand guards dual heat shield
    A2 flash hider
    Cheapo Buttstock that will be up for replacement when I can afford it...probably get a Magpul or RRA stock. *Maybe* a VLTOR.
    cheapo carry handle that I traded for, also up for replacement with a better iron when I can afford it
    13 mags, 11 of which were obtained in trade for parts
    Spike's ST-T2 buffer

    The lower was like $130
    Upper complete was $479
    buffer tube was $20

    For those who enjoy gun porn, here are a couple obligatory pics:
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  2. mr11b

    mr11b Portland, OR Member

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    Congrats and your new purchase!
     
  3. shoggoth80

    shoggoth80 Greater Seattle Area Member

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    More like a combination of purchases :p
    I got the upper from AIM Surplus, and I cannot recommend that company highly enough. Always good prices, and great service... that is why they often sell out of goodies. I bought the M4 upper, as the midlength uppers sold out in a day... got the email announcing their arrival, made some sales that evening (sold a gun to fund it), dropped money in the bank... came back, and all the middies were sold out! Ha ha ha! No regrets on the carbine upper though. I handled a bit of each in shops before saying "yes, I want to get something like this." I just originally wanted a midlength for the extra handguard... carbine profile fits me fine too.

    The carry handle is a little worn, but I got that second hand, so it was expected. Not sure whether to replace that (eventually) with a flip up rear so I can run optics, or just a higher quality rear iron. Time will tell. I really like the look of a flat top without the carry handle... but hey, it was part of a trade, and I am not going to complain about parts I didn't directly pay cash for.

    I have more mags than I a)feel I need, but you can never have too many mags, and b)can reasonably carry in an emergency. At least this would let me load some up, stash them aside, and have designated "oh crap" mags. Got a big stack, also as part of a trade. Can't complain!

    I just need to make some more sales (I sell video game stuff on the side to keep up with my bills...student, so I am broke a lot), and buy a stack of ammo to feed it. Itching to really run it through its paces at the range. I can find M193 ball, and M855 green tip stuff for really reasonable prices, locally, and online... which is rare. Bulk is where it is at... as most anywhere else sells stuff for around $10 a box, which is too much in my opinion. Bulk prices break down to around $7 a box, depending on where you get it. Much more agreeable. Cabela's has a sale on Tula stuff...which is basically the same steel cased stuff as Wolf... I've had good experiences with Wolf, Brown Bear, and Silver bear in my bolt guns... but I have heard bad things about accuracy with these makers and ARs. Also, I pretty much prefer surplus... it's accurate enough, and can be stacked deep.

    I spent a few minutes the other day learning how to field strip it, and it is way easier than I thought. Dunno if I will get it dirty enough to warrant ripping the whole bolt apart when I have stuff like Remington Action Blast, but we will see.
     
  4. swoop

    swoop Milwaukie, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Look's like you put together a nice rifle for money spent. Have fun...
     
  5. shoggoth80

    shoggoth80 Greater Seattle Area Member

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    I am hoping to get a chance to go out and shoot it this weekend. I found the shooting spot off of Wadell Creek... so just waiting for the weekend so I can bring some company with me. Only have 60 rounds for its initial session, but hopefully I can get an idea of how it'll perform. Waiting on money from a guy who owes me, then I will get a bigger stack of rounds.
     
  6. Diana Henry

    Diana Henry Guest

    I just got new furniture for my AR, looking for a good scope.....any suggestions?
    I'm wanting to change out my front grip too. What's a good brand? I want to go with the Earth tone.

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  7. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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  8. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    bravo has modstocks for fifty bones... Vltor Carbine Modstock Basic Kit

    they've also got club-foots for the same price, but out of stock of those at the moment.
     
  9. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    heres my grip pod on my AR sorry for the crappy pix i took them with my cell

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  10. ben503

    ben503 503 New Member

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    That is a beautiful firearm!!!! I wish I could afford one!