Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

Gift for dad-AR accessories

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Angie, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. Angie

    Angie Reno, NV Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    334
    Likes Received:
    543
    Looking for a good accessory to give my dad for his fairly new AR-15. Would like to spend $150 or less. Any ideas. As far as I know, he hasn't done anything to it since purchasing it. He's never been one to "customize" anything. I'm thinking along the lines of slings, muzzle brakes, etc. He's left handed, so any ambidextrous or left handed goodies would be cool also. Any ideas for me? He's really hard to shop for, and I hate to just get him ammo or more drill bits o_O
     
    muskoka likes this.
  2. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    414
    Likes Received:
    431
    Angie likes this.
  3. sealine

    sealine Oregon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    340
    Likes Received:
    283
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014
  4. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,869
    Likes Received:
    3,189
    Depending on the model, the first thing most people change out are crappy grips, handguard, and charging handle.
     
  5. muskoka

    muskoka Member

    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    31
    Buy him a ten pack of PMAGs and make sure they are all loaded!

    Don't forget to put a ribbon on the box!
     
  6. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

    Messages:
    4,653
    Likes Received:
    5,757
    Id just tape a 5.56x45 cartridge to the box.
    Better than a bow.

    Or
    Perhaps tie a tac-sling in a bow fashion? Haha :D
     
    IronMonster, Angie and muskoka like this.
  7. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    6,457
    Likes Received:
    7,649
    How about a nice hard sided rifle case that's made for an Ar-15, or some bowling pins to plink at.
    I received some Tannerite last year and we had a blast with that.
     
    Angie likes this.
  8. lazerblazer

    lazerblazer Portland Active Member

    Messages:
    291
    Likes Received:
    86
  9. Angie

    Angie Reno, NV Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    334
    Likes Received:
    543
    Thanks for all of your help and especially for the links! I knew you guys would come through for me :D
     
  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    6,457
    Likes Received:
    7,649
    Buying something that needs to shipped might not arrive in time.
    All of my latest internet orders have taken twice as long to arrive.
     
  11. happypuppy

    happypuppy N. Puget Sound Member

    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    25
    Go with the safety and charging handle. I am partial to the magpul MS3 or 4 sling
     
  12. Mr Smith

    Mr Smith 54 68 65 20 73 74 69 63 6b 73 Active Member

    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    59
    maybe a nice hogue grip and some magpul p-mags?

    optics I wouldn't dare gift someone as everyone is different for what kind of optics they like, and quality optics can easily cost $400-1500

    I just dropped $500 in optics for my AR-15 (EOTech)

    ambi bolt catch lever, safety, etc.. definitely plenty of stuff to choose from!
     
    Angie likes this.
  13. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    3,177
    Likes Received:
    881
    +1 for tanner lite

    ambi safety a nice addition

    getting your dad a muzzle break for a .223 is like calling him a wuss .

    ambi charging handle Meh a PRI fat latch would cheaper . ambi charging handles are over priced and over rated . Most of the ambi stuff they make for the Ar15 with the exception of the safety is overpriced and over rated

    the coolist Left handed item i ever got for a the AR15 was a Left handed ar15 of corse thats way over budget . unless he has the tools to install a receiver still over your budget though cause you would need a receiver and bolt carrier group.

    what does he use for sights? there are some good deals out on 1x4 optics in that range .
     
  14. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    3,360
    Likes Received:
    6,938
    I think a great gift for someone who likes to tinker in the garage and has some basic tools like a drill press would be a 80% polymer lower.

    http://aresarmor.com/store/Item/Polymer-80-Black

    plus a basic lower parts kit like this one
    http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/172/category/389/

    Probably just around $150 with shipping.

    I had a ton of fun making mine and I really didnt care if it worked or not since it was fun making it and trying to get all the parts together when it was done. Mine works and it turns out the pocket that you mill out does not need to be absolutely perfect for it to function.
     
    RW-Ore likes this.
  15. dwaineshort

    dwaineshort Vancouver WA Active Member

    Messages:
    459
    Likes Received:
    192
  16. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    1,913
    Likes Received:
    720
    Being a lefty myself my vote would be for the Troy ambi mag release. I have a few of them and they work great.

    As for a charging handle go with the BCM ambi it feels better in my opinion to the Raptor and I have both models.

    Battle Arms Development has the best safety out there for the lefties but they are not cheap. I did find one from Damage Industries that I picked up for 25 dollars or so to use in a cheap build and it works pretty good for the money.
     
  17. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    3,177
    Likes Received:
    881
    how is the battle arms one the best? the only problem I have had with a ambi safety is one came loose on me . some simple loc tite would have kept that from happening
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014
  18. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,686
    Likes Received:
    2,537
    I'm a bit surprised that so many seem to think that ambidextrous controls contribute much. What am I overlooking? Does not seem like a very big deal to me.

    There must be some advantages that I just don't see.
    .
     
  19. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    3,177
    Likes Received:
    881
    The ambi safety is very useful even if your right handed. I once put a dedicated left handed safety on one of my rifles due to a ambi coming loose and found that I used the other side as well for switching off . as far as charging handles go and all the other doo dads meh . maybe if helps give you a edge if in a timed match being able to drop a mag and insert another . not sure how a ambi charging handle helps I have the pri big latch on all mine and know that helps but still can't see how a ambi would help much more as i never had a issue with it with that latch using either right or left feels the same to me.

    the ambi safety puts your thumb on it while aiming so your safe till your ready to fire if you have not used one you and install one you'll see it probably one of the most practical upgrades there is and even if your right handed you'll find that you are using both side naturally more than you ever though you would
     
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014
  20. bellarum

    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    961
    Likes Received:
    397
    +1 for the Hogue grip! They have a new one out that looks like a Magpul but has that sexy Hogue feel! http://www.midwayusa.com/product/11...r-15-with-finger-grooves?cm_vc=subv1151576074